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Concentrated Solar Power
Concentrated solar power systems (also called concentrating solar power, concentrated solar thermal and CSP) generate solar power by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, or solar thermal energy, onto a small area. This concentrated energy is used to produce steam, heat up fluids, and activate turbines that produce electricity.Today, there are many types of CSP technologies: towers, dishes, linear mirrors and trots.
One major competitive advantage of CSP systems is that they closely resemble most of the current power plants. For example, much of the equipment now used for conventional, centralized power plants running on fossil fuels can also be used for concentrated solar power plants. CSP simply substitutes the use of concentrated solar power instead of combustible fossil fuels to produce electricity. This means that CSP can easily integrated into today’s electric utility grid, making this technology the most cost-effective solar option for large-scale electricity generation.
CSP is different from concentrated photovoltaics (CPV), where the concentrated sunlight is converted directly to electricity via the photovoltaic effect.
ARES is mainly involved in research and development of small scale concentrated solar power systems for stationary applications, starting from the modelling and design of innovative technology solutions, to the realization of real working prototypes, since the definition of dedicated and efficient energy management approaches.
ARES has a consolidated presence at International level as full member in EERA - Joint Programme Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and through selected network partnerships established during notable research project and collaborations in this specific sector.