Masdar begins R&D phase for CSP solar 'beam down' tower

15 January 2010 - Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, Japan's Cosmo Oil Company and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have launched an advanced concentrated solar power (CSP) Central Tower research and development project at Masdar City.

Al-Bawaba reported that the state-of-the-art, collaborative research project will test an innovative 'beam down' technology, which has the potential to convert solar irradiation into electricity in a more efficient way than other technologies - producing a commercially viable 'beam down' process would represent a significant breakthrough in (CSP) technology.

The 'beam down' process inverts conventional tower solar tower technologies, which uses mirrors (heliostats) to direct the sun's rays onto a receiver at the top of a central tower to heat a heat transfer fluid (molten salt, oil, or water) in order to generate steam, which is then used to drive a steam turbine.

By placing the receiver at the base of the tower (ground level), the research team believes that they can reduce energy losses resulting from pumping the fluid to an elevated receiver, raising operational efficiency and lowering electricity generation costs.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

Cape Wind secures $400M more in financing for offshore project

Cape Wind said it has secured an additional $400 million dollars from several financial institutions for the offshore wind project slated to be built in Nantucket Sound.

Dragonfly Solar, SolarWorld to deliver solar power to utility co-ops

Commercial solar developer, Dragonfly Solar and SolarWorld, a solar manufacturer, will deliver solar arrays, totaling 517-kW to four electric utility cooperatives in the U.S. Midwest.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News
Siemens signs contract with Thailand for 18 industrial gas turbines

Siemens signs contract with Thailand for 18 industrial gas turbines

The units -- purchased by TEC Project Services Corporation (TPS), a subsidiary of the Japanes...
GE is supplying two sets of high-efficiency steam turbines and generators for Petrovietnam’s new coal-fired thermal power plant in Soc Trang.

Petrovietnam selects GE's high-efficiency steam turbines for new coal-fired power plant

GE is supplying two sets of high-efficiency steam turbines and generators for Petrovietnam’s ...
Duke Energy Renewables acquires 50-percent stake in Mesquite Creek Wind

Duke Energy Renewables acquires 50-percent stake in Mesquite Creek Wind

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired a 50-percent stake in Mesquite Creek Wind, a 211-MW wind ...
Co-op signs power purchase agreement for solar project in Colorado

Electric co-op signs solar power purchase agreement

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. signed a 25-year power purchase supply...
US construction spending at highest level in seven years

US construction spending reaches highest level in 7 years

U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boo...
GE announces launch of latest aeroderivative gas turbine, LM6000-PF+

GE announces launch of latest aeroderivative gas turbine, LM6000-PF+

GE is launching its latest aeroderivative gas turbine, the LM6000-PF+, which employs technolo...
Sendai nuclear Unit 1 in Japan connects to power grid Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Sendai nuclear Unit 1 connects to grid

The Sendai 1 nuclear power unit in Japan is expected to reach commercial operations, almost t...
EPA allows one claim to stand in Sierra Club appeal of Schiller air permit

EPA allows one claim to stand in Sierra Club appeal of Schiller air permit

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a July 28 order...

Power Engineering Current Issue

02/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 2
1502PE-cover
Products Showcase
GE announces launch of latest aeroderivative gas turbine, LM6000-PF+

GE announces launch of latest aeroderivative gas turbine, LM6000-PF+

GE is launching its latest aeroderivative gas turbine, the LM6000-PF+, which employs technologies from four GE businesses, bringing power online faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Power Industry Wire News

KPIT Selected by UPPCO to Deliver New SAP(R) Software Implementation and Electric Utility Transformation Project

KPIT Selected by UPPCO to Deliver New SAP(R) Software Implementation and Electric Utili...

Pacific Energy Development Announces Restructuring of Debt Facilities in Anticipation of Previously Announced Merger

Pacific Energy Development Announces Restructuring of Debt Facilities in Anticipation o...

Neah Power Systems, Inc.: August 2015 Update to Shareholders

Neah Power Systems, Inc.: August 2015 Update to Shareholders

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Announces Purchase of 552,481 Common Shares by Scorpio Services Holding Limited

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Announces Purchase of 552,481 Common Shares by Scorpio Services Ho...

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>