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Abstract

In this book, the Commission of the European Communities presents the proceedings of the Workshop on Solar Central Receiver Projects, held in Varese, Italy, in June 1984. This Workshop was supported by all operators of solar tower plants around the world and, as a result, these proceedings provide a comprehensive overview of the technology in its current state of development. Soar power plants of this central receiving type have two conflicting characteristics: they employ very simple and classical components but as a system they are of tremendous complexity. It was the hope for rapid progress by using available components that guided the decisions taken in the late seventies to build six large experimental plants: four in Europe, one in Japan and one ? in the United States. At that time, this technology enjoyed high priority in solar energy R&D around the world. Once the plants were completed, however, it became clear that technical complexity combined with difficult meteorological conditions at most construction sites made the yield less favourable than anticipated. As a consequence the economic outlook became questionable, in particular for the smaller plants. The larger plants, on the other hand, still have the drawback that the required funding for one single plant is so high that it is difficult to raise from the capital market.

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Authors: GRETZ J JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY) STRUB A S CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM) SKINROOD A SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES, LIVERMORE, CA. (USA) , JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY);CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM);SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES, LIVERMORE, CA. (USA)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 470 P., 1985, ISB 90-277-2049-5 WRITE TO KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, P.O. BOX 322, 3300 AH DORDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS), PRICE: HFL. 170, (EUR 9766 EN).
Record Number: 1989124093900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en