OC: Solar Thermal Energy: Concentrating the Sun

In this course, we will give an overview of several of the leading concentrating solar power technologies. We will discuss the basic components which are commonly found in the main types of CSP facilities: mirrors, receivers, and tracking systems, along with the ancillary components. In addition to the primary use of solar thermal heat for generating steam turbine electrical power, we will discuss other heat processes which can utilize the primary and secondary thermal output from these CSP systems.