Concentrated solar energy systems may be free from materials constraints, new study shows

Concerns regarding concentrated solar energy systems abound

Recently, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a study that showed that no less than 80% of the country’s energy needs could be met through alternative energy. Concentrated solar energy is cited in the study to be a major contributor to this fact. Though concentrated solar energy systems have become quite popular, for them to reach the level of contribution noted in the study they more research and development must be put into these systems. This has caused some concern regarding whether the use of these energy systems will be held back because of materials restraint.

New study suggests that materials are not an issue

As concentrated solar energy systems become more popular, the need to scale up these energy systems in order to replace fossil-fuel systems is presenting a conceptual problem. Scaling up concentrated solar energy requires access to a wide range of materials, some of which may not be suited for use in large-scale projects. These concerns have kept concentrated solar energy systems at bay for some time. A new study from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden suggests that there should be no worry over materials constraints… Read more


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