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Advances in Concentrating Solar Thermal Research and Technology. Edition No. 2. Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy

  • Book
  • November 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5597201

Advances in Concentrating Solar Thermal Research and Technology, Second Edition is a fully updated and revised reference which presents the very latest technologies and research on CST worldwide. Since the first edition published in 2016 there has been significant progress on CST technologies, such as solar optics, chemical systems, thermal storage, and solar radiation assessment techniques, as well as system level modelling, optimization and economic analysis. This book facilitates a deep understanding of the CST research and innovation taking place worldwide, written by the experts at the heart of the advances. These experts deliver a clear and in-depth description and analysis of the advances and innovations that are taking place, or are about to take place, in their individual areas of expertise. They will also work together as a team to provide a common vision of the most likely future evolution CST research, technology, and industry.

For those researching and working in the energy field, this book provides valuable information on the status of CST technologies which is taking place around the world. Students will gain a solid understanding of the topic to inform their own research areas and experts working in industry, including policy makers, will obtain a status of the technologies available and the role they will play on the energy transition which will help them make informed decisions on a variety of energy-related topics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction to concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies

Part II: Advances in the collection and concentration of sunlight 2. Advanced mirror concepts for concentrating solar thermal systems 3. Improved field design for Linear Fresnel reflector systems

Part III: Advances in the thermal conversion of concentrated sunlight 4. A new generation of absorber tubes for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems 5. Innovative working fluids for parabolic trough collectors 6. A new generation of solid-particle and other high performance receiver designs for concentrating solar thermal (CST) central tower systems 7. Next generation of liquid metal and other high performance receiver designs for concentrating solar thermal (CST) central tower systems

Part IV: Advances in the power block and thermal storage systems 8. Supercritical CO2 and otheradvanced cycles for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems 9. Advances in dry cooling for concentrating solar thermal (CST) plants 10. High temperature latent heat storage for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems 11. Thermochemical energy storage for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems 12. Three-step storage for direct steam generation (DSG) solar plants

Part V: Advances in the control an operation of CPS plants 13. Forecasting and nowcasting of DNI for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems 14. Advance control strategies to maximize ROI and the value of the concentrating solar thermal (CST) plant to the grid

Part VI: Cost competitive CST plants concepts 15. Linear Fresnel reflector (LFR) plants using superheated steam and other alternative working fluids 16. Central tower systems using the Brayton cycle 17. Central tower systems using supercritical CO2 and supercritical steam cycles and decoupled combined cycles 18. Concentrating solar thermal (CST) applications other than electricity production (e.g. solar chemistry)


Manuel Blanco Cyprus Institute's Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. Prof. Manuel Blanco has more than 30 years of experience as a solar researcher and engineer and has contributed to advancing the state-of the-art of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. He is an expert on Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Optics, and Modelling of Energy Systems. He is a Full Professor and holder of the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Energy of the Cyprus Institute's Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). He is also the Chair of the Executive Committee of SolarPACES, the Technology Collaboration Program of the International Energy Agency responsible for promoting the development and deployment of solar thermal power technologies and the solar-assisted manufacturing of fuels and chemicals. Until August, 2016, he has been Science Leader of the Solar Energy Systems Research Group of CSIRO -Australia's National Research Agency, as well as the Director of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI). He is the former Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Department of the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER), Chair and Full Professor of the Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Brownsville, and Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT, which is the largest European solar research infrastructure. Wojciech Lipinski Leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University, Australia. Prof. Wojciech Lipinski is the Leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University. He obtained his Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from Warsaw University of Technology (2000), doctorate in mechanical and process engineering from ETH Zurich (2004), and habilitation in energy technology from ETH Zurich (2009). He previously held positions of Research Associate (2004-2006) and Senior Research Associate at ETH Zurich (2006-2009), Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2009-2013), and Associate Professor at the Australian National University (2013-2015).

Prof. Lipinski's research interests are in radiative transfer, reactive flows, solar thermal energy and renewable fuels.