Grid Connected Power Systems - Solar Thermal

The climatic conditions in the geographical location of Pakistan make it second best in the world after the Saudi Arabia, Middle East and Gulf. In fact some central and south western parts even match the potential as in Saudia.

The energy from the sun is concentrated at one point, so these power plants are also called Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Plant. Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by converting the sun's energy into high-temperature heat using various mirror configurations. The heat is then channeled through a conventional generator. The plants consist of two parts: one that collects solar energy and converts it to heat, and another that converts heat energy to electricity. Some systems use thermal storage during cloudy periods or at night. Others can be combined with natural gas and the resulting hybrid power plants.

There are three CSP technologies being applied internationally; namely Parabolic Trough, Power Tower and Dish Stirling.

The project development methodology remains same as in case of Solar PV i.e. analysis of solar irradiance and subsequent power production estimates with reference to the equipment.