Another kind of solar energy attracts attention

When you think of solar energy, you probably imagine the solar panels that capture sunlight to be converted into electricity. But there are other ways to harness the power of the sun. One method that attracts growing interest is called concentrated solar heat energy or CSP, which uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate the sun’s energy.

CSP has been held back by technical challenges and lack of funding and public incentives compared to other sources of renewable energy. But as the sense of urgency to replace fossil fuels continues to grow, fueling the demand for carbon-free energy, a number of increasingly well-funded entities are trying to improve the technology. Proponents say the heat generated by CSP systems and their storage capacity provide advantages over other renewable energy sources for generating grid electricity and burning various industrial processes.

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