Solar thermal energy
The technology of our power plants is similar to the principle of a burning glass. Concave mirrors focus the sunlight onto a tube filled with a heat transfer fluid. Heated to around 400 °C, this fluid is used to produce steam, which in turn drives a turbine connected to an electrical power generator. The heat captured in this way can be stored almost without loss , allowing solar thermal electricity to be produced whenever required on a 24/7 basis. The process as such has proven its worth for over 25 years. Our innovation consists in making it available to large consumers in a cost-efficient manner.
This is achieved by means of a manufacturing process modelled on the auto industry’s platform philosophy. By using standardised and mass-produced industrial parts, we can push down the investment costs per MW of installed capacity by 30 percent compared to conventional concentrating solar power stations.
The German CSP Organization concentrates the knowledge of scientists, manufacturers and service suppliers in the field of solar thermal energy.
Visit our pilot plant located at the Energy-Efficiency City in Bad Aibling.
Our technology partner in the field of solar thermal research and qualification
Our Cooperation partner and specialist for solar thermal power plants