Solar & Thermal Storage
Heat Transfer Fluid for Concentrated Solar Power and Thermal Storage Applications
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants require the use of a specific heat transfer fluid (HTF) that is designed to work to the correct temperature for prolonged periods in solar thermal electricity applications.
How does concentrated solar power work?
CSP uses reflectors to concentrate sunlight onto a receiver containing heat transfer fluid, which is heated and used to convert water to steam. The steam turns turbines, leading to electricity generation. The heat transfer fluid can also be used to store energy from the sunlight, allowing consistent power provision despite the intermittent supply of sunlight.
There are four optical types of CSP system: