Monday, June 25, 2012

Department of energy awards funds for the concentration of solar energy

Monday, June 25, 2012
The Department of energy announced its new investments in 21 projects on June 13 to the advancing state of the art solar power (CSP) technologies focused. The $56 million in awards include three years subject to Congressional appropriations, and cover 13 States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington. In the context of the planned three-year initiative, Congress authorized an initial $16.30 million in fiscal year 2011. Additional requirements in the amount of $39,70 million in fiscal years 2013 and 2014, to support these CSP projects plans made to the Department of energy.

Carried out the research projects – in partnership with the private sector, laboratories and universities – the Department of energy SunShot support initiative, a joint national effort to solar power to make the end of the decade with traditional energy sources competitive. For example, national laboratories falling particles receiver and heat exchanger system to increase efficiency and lower costs develop DOE's Sandia.

The awards are innovations in new components to reduce, increase speed operating temperatures of and efficiency of CSP systems help. The 3-year applied research, the dramatic improvements in the CSP projects performance while driving progress towards target SunShot 75% cost reduction focus. CSP technologies use mirrors reflect and to produce sunlight to heat, which then is used to produce electricity to focus. CSP systems differ from other solar energy technologies through its ability to store energy as heat so that consumer demand cannot be satisfied, even if the sun shines not also during the night. See DOE press release, the full list of the awards, and the site SunShot initiative.

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