New solar systems

Matthew Night at CNN:

Screenhunter_5Not since the 1970’s, when the energy crisis forced oil prices through the roof, have solar power solutions been so warmly received.

Most people associate solar power with shiny black panels — called photovoltaic cells (PV’s) –which nestle on rooftops trapping the heat from the sun and converting it into electricity.

But sightings of solar panels on suburban streets remain rare, not least because of the prohibitive cost of purchase and installation.

But there are other ways of capturing the power of the sun which may provide a considerable chunk of our energy needs in the years ahead. Research is increasingly focusing on ‘concentrated solar power’ systems — CSP for short.

More here.