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NREL Concentrating Solar-Thermal Technologies

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

This online engineering PDH course describes the role that concentrating solar-thermal (CST) technologies could play in future U.S. energy markets. CST uses reflective surfaces to concentrate the sunís rays on a small area (the receiver), which heats up to temperatures of 700 to 1000 deg F, depending on the type of receiver used. Concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) refers to a system for converting this heat to electricity, which is the primary end application discussed in the course. Besides generating electricity, CST can be used in any other application that requires thermal energy, such as industrial process-heating, thermal desalination, and solar fuel production. Thermal energy can also be stored for later use through thermal energy storage systems, thus allowing CSP plants to generate electricity when the sun is not shining.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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