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Download Role of Alternative Energy Sources: Solar Thermal Technology Assessment (Report)
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Date: 9/1/2012
Type: Report
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Timothy J. Skone, P.E.
Technology Focus Area(s):
Analysis Focus Area(s): GHG Mitigation
Author(s): Timothy J Skone (NETL)

Product Description
This peer-reviewed analysis is one of a series of Technology Assessments of power production and evaluates the role of solar thermal power in the future energy portfolio of the U.S. Solar thermal power is evaluated with respect to resource base, growth potential, environmental profile, costs, barriers, risks, and expert opinions. Solar thermal power is viewed as a clean, renewable alternative to conventional fossil fuels for electricity generation. However, the resource base of solar thermal power is limited by several factors that inform the availability of direct sunlight at any given location. The high cost of solar collectors to support utility level output, water scarcity in areas of high solar potential, and lack of proximity of resources to population centers make it likely that high-quality solar thermal resources are expected to remain untapped for the foreseeable future.