DOE Announces Up To $52.5 Million For Concentrating Solar Power Research And Development
The US Department of Energy recently announced plans to provide up to $52_5 million to research, develop, and demonstrate Concentrating Solar Power systems capable of providing low-cost electrical power both day and night. The announcement underscores the Obama Administration's commitment to creating jobs and saving money, making electricity generated from solar energy competitive with conventional grid electricity.
"Low-cost renewable energy generation that includes energy storage is one key to our efforts to diversify domestic energy sources and create new jobs," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. "By investing in the development of low-cost solar technologies we can pave the way toward faster deployment of carbon-free, large-scale energy sources."
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies concentrate the sun's energy and capture that energy as heat, which then drives an engine or turbine to produce electrical power. CSP plants can include low-cost energy storage, which allows them to provide electricity even when the sun is not shining. CSP technologies currently used in utility-scale power plants typically do not have the capability/capacity for storage, operating only during daytime hours. These projects will seek to improve technology and novel system designs to extend operation to an average of about 18 hours per day, a level of production that would make it possible for a CSP plant to displace a traditional coal power plant.
The competitive funding opportunity involves two areas:
- Research and development of concepts and components for a CSP system that enables a plant to produce low-cost electricity at least 18 hours of the day.
- Evaluation of the feasibility and development of a prototype complete CSP system capable of operating at least 18 hours per day while generating low-cost power.
Projects are based upon continuing annual appropriations. DOE
anticipates making up to 13 project awards totaling up to $52.5 million.
More Alternative Energy Articles
Department of Energy to Train 75,000 Solar Workers
First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe announced in Midlands
World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Project at Ivanpah Achieves Commercial Operation
NTU Scientists Make Breakthrough Solar Technology
Wireless Devices Go Battery-Free Using "Ambient Backscatter" from TV and Cellular Transmissions
Harvesting Electricity from the Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide
Maine Project Launches First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in the U.S.
University Researcher Making Rechargeable Batteries with Layered Nanomaterials
Vestas 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine Could Power Up To 3200 Homes
Urban Green Energy and GE Unveil the Sanya Skypump, an Electric-Vehicle Charging Station Equipped with Wind and Solar Power
even more articles...
Suggest an Article for Green Progress