Manufacturing with the Sun

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    Concentrated solar radiation is now a viable alternative energy source for many advanced manufacturing processes. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated the feasibility of processes such as solar-induced surface transformation of materials (SISTM), solar-based manufacturing, and solar-pumped lasers. Researchers are also using sunlight to decontaminatewater and soils polluted with organic compounds; these techniques could provide manufactures with innovative alternatives to traditional methods of waste management. The solar technology that is now being integrated into today's manufacturing processes offers even greater potential for tomorrow, especially as applied to the radiation-abundant environment available in space and on the lunarsurface.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages10
    StatePublished - 1992
    EventTechnology 2001 Conference and Exposition - San Jose, California
    Duration: 3 Dec 19915 Dec 1991


    ConferenceTechnology 2001 Conference and Exposition
    CitySan Jose, California

    Bibliographical note

    Prepared for the Technology 2001 Conference and Exposition, 3-5 December 1991, San Jose, California

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-250-4516


    • concentrated photovoltaics
    • high-flux solar furnace
    • solar energy


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