Solar Thermal Power systems uses concentrated solar radiation as a high temperature energy source to produce electricity using thermal route. The average operating temperature of stationary non-concentrating collectors is low (max up to 1200C) as compared to the desirable input temperatures of heat engines (above 3000C) thus the -concentrating collectors are used for such applications. These technologies are used for applications where direct solar radiation is high.
CLASSIFICATION OF SOLAR THERMAL
- Low- temperature collectors
- Medium- temperature collectors
- High- temperature collectors
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLAR THERMAL POWER GENERATION IN INDIA
Solar thermal power generation plays a significant role in meeting the demand supply gap for electricity. Three types of applications are possible.
- Rural electrification using solar dish collector technology
- Integration of solar thermal power plants with existing industries such as paper, dairy or sugar industry, which has cogeneration units.
- Integration of solar thermal power generation unit with existing coal thermal power plants.
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