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Solar Concentrators: State of the Art

  • Tetyana Baydyk
  • Ernst Kussul
  • Donald C. Wunsch II
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Part of the Computational Intelligence Methods and Applications book series (CIMA)

Abstract

Alternative energy sources are not new at all, having stood by humans since the beginning of history, either in the form of wind, solar radiation, wood, water, or geothermal energy; however, only a small fraction of their technical and economic potential has been exploited [1]. The first civilizations realized the potential of energy stored in water, the Sun, and wind and used it to boost navigation, commerce, and the dissemination of information [2]; unfortunately, the use of these sources, with the exception of water, decreased with the passage of time. Solar energy is the most ancient and important source of energy for the Earth; life on the entire planet depends on this source and it is the starting point for most chemical and biological processes. We discuss different types of solar concentrators: trough solar concentrators or parabolic channel concentrators, Fresnel solar concentrators, tower solar systems, parabolic dish concentrators.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetyana Baydyk
    • 1
  • Ernst Kussul
    • 1
  • Donald C. Wunsch II
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencias Aplicadas y Tecnología (ICAT)Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)Mexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Dept. of Electrical and Computer EngineeringMissouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA

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