Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)

Concentrating solar power plants collect the sun’s energy through different mirror configurations, converting the high-temperature heat collected into electricity through use of a generator. There are three different types of CSP systems: trough systems, power tower systems, and solar dish/engine systems. Each system uses a different method for collecting solar energy.

Grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) continues to be the fastest-growing power generation technology in the world, with 50 percent annual increases in cumulative installed capacity in both 2006 and 2007, to an estimated 7.8 GW by the end of 2007. This capacity translates into an estimated 1.5 million homes with rooftop solar PV feeding into the grid worldwide. Germany accounted for half the global market in 2006, with on the order of 850–1,000 GW added. Grid-connected solar PV increased by about 300 MW in Japan, 100 MW in the United States, and 100 MW in Spain in 2006.

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