Characterization of Alternative Hybrid Solar Thermal Electric Systems

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Hybrid power towers offer a number of advantages over solar-only power tower systems for early commercial deployment of the technology. These advantages include enhanced modularity, reduced financial and technical risks, and lower energy costs. With the changes in the domestic and world markets for bulk power, hybrid power towers are likely to have the best opportunities for power projects. Thispaper discusses issues that are likely to be important to the deployment of hybrid power towers in the near future. A large number of alternative designs are possible, and it is likely that there is no single approach that can be considered best or optimal for all project opportunities. The preferred design will depend on the application, as well as the unique objectives and perspectives of theperson evaluating the design.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1999
Event9th Solar Paces Symposium -
Duration: 22 Jun 199825 Jun 1998


Conference9th Solar Paces Symposium

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-24889


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