Solar Thermal Power Plants

Achievements and Lessons Learned Exemplified by the SSPS Project in Almeria/Spain

  • Federico G. Casal
  • Paul Kesselring
  • Carl-Jochen Winter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 1-4
  3. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 5-10
  4. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 11-54
  5. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 55-77
  6. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 78-88
  7. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 89-106
  8. Federico G. Casal
    Pages 107-123
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 124-132

About this book


1. 1 Historical Background and Relationship to the lEA One of the objectives of the energy research, development and demonstra­ tion program of the International Energy Agency (lEA) is to promote the development and application of new and improved energy technologies which could potentially help cover our energy needs. Early in 1976, a working party for Small Solar Power Systems (SSPS) was created with the approval and encouragement of the Committee for Research and Develop­ ment of the International Energy Agency (lEA) [1]. At that time the following countries showed interest in attending the formative meeting: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, The Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America. In its first meetings the SSPS Working Party explored the technological possibilities of the exploitation of solar power at small levels (photovoltaics, wind, waves and thermal power conversion) and also reviewed what was being done at that time in the domain of solar power in each of the participating countries. At a meeting in mid 1976 in Vienna, a study performed by MBB was presented. It stated that as distributed systems (systems using a large number of parabolic trough collectors "DCS", see chapter 4) grow linearly in terms of power, the associated costs grow as a function of the size of the intended system. By comparison, the cost per unit output of the central receiver systems ("CRS" , see section 5.


Germany Heliostat development electricity energy photovoltaics plants power systems receiver research solar power solar radiation waves wind

Authors and affiliations

  • Federico G. Casal
    • 1
  1. 1.Rapperswil School of EngineeringSwitzerland

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Kesselring
    • 1
  • Carl-Jochen Winter
    • 2
  1. 1.Prospective Studies DivisionSwiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research (IER)Switzerland
  2. 2.Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DFVLR)Deutschland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-52283-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-52281-9
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