Design and dispatch of concentrating solar power tower systems with utility-scale photovoltaics
By utilizing inexpensive thermal energy storage, concentrating solar power (CSP) can provide dispatchable, stable, and renewable electricity generation; however, current system capital costs are uneconomical for widespread deployment. Conversely, the costs of photovoltaic (PV) systems have dropped significantly in the last decade, which has led to extensive market adoption. Coupling PV systems with batteries can mitigate much of their generation variability; however, the current battery costs are uneconomical to utilize as a grid-scale storage medium. To compete in solar energy-dominated ...
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