Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CSP with Thermal Storage increases Power Value

Pike Reseach reported on Dec 20, 2011 that, an estimated 70% decline in solar PV prices, and an easier permitting regime due to solar PV’s modularity, has contributed to the impression that CSP had missed its window of opportunity, and would be left behind.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Passive building with PCM and tools for analysis

Building energy consumption for it's temperature can be substantially reduced if solar energy is adequately utilized. Due to a strong need to reduce the total thermal energy requirement (both heating and cooling) in buildings, storage of thermal energy has gained prominence. The integration of phase change materials into building can provide a media to store the energy gain from solar radiation during the day and release the stored energy at night.