Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Tower with Heat Storage ( Solar Thermal Magazine )
The concentrated solar thermal power tower with heat energy storage is one the most likely candidates for utility scale clean energy energy technology to help push us away from fossil fuels. The fact that you store heat energy as heat until you need it and then convert it electricity is a large advantage compared to wind or solar pv technology.
There are several working examples of the solar thermal tower technology both in Spain and now the southwestern United States.
To get a really good feel for the technology and what it takes to make clean electricity from concentrated solar energy it is great to be able to watch a working small scale model. The researchers in this video show us such a working model and as they explain the components and process of harvesting solar heat energy.
Enjoy the video.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.