Solar Energy Thermal Applications

Learning objectives

  • Explain Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and how it is converted to electrical energy
  • Describe a Rankine cycle power plant in relation to CSP
  • Explain the function of the major components in a CSP power plant:
    • Solar collector
    • Heat transfer medium
    • Thermal energy storage
    • Boiler
    • Turbine generator
  • Describe the following types of solar collectors:
    • Power tower
    • Parabolic trough
  • Describe the components and explain the operation of a parabolic trough concentrated solar power system
  • Compare stand-alone and integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) plant designs

Course overview

The Solar Energy - Thermal Application training course examines the basic design and operating principles of components used to produce electricity from solar thermal energy. This online course explains how concentrated solar power are used to generate electricity. This course focuses on:

  • Concentrated solar power
  • CSP plant components
  • Concentrating solar collectors
  • Thermal solar power plant design

This course is part of the Solar Energy training series.

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