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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