Solar Thermal Energy Systems

Solar thermal energy is a form of energy where the sun is used to produce heat, which can be utilized in a variety of ways. Solar thermal power systems convert wave, direct sunlight radiation into long wave of heat radiation or utilize heat radiation from the Earth’s surface. The modern solar thermal power plants can provide bulk power equivalent to the output and firm load characteristics of conventional power stations.

Solar thermal power plants can also generate electricity indirectly. Heat from sunrays is collected and used to heat up fluid. The steam produced from the heated fluid is used to run a generator that produces electricity. 

The solar thermal installations have many applications, such as; space heating for homes, offices and greenhouses; domestic and industrial hot water; pool heating; desalination; crop drying etc.

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