Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thermal solar technology catching the spotlight

From MarketWatch:

Move over, classic blue solar panels, and make room for shiny mirrors.
The azure photovoltaic modules may hold a cherished place in America's collective memory since the widely televised broadcasts of NASA's Apollo space program and Skylab in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, thermal solar power, which uses an array of mirrors to magnify the heat of the sun and produce steam to drive electric generators, has been on the job around the world for decades.
Thermal solar holds a longer track record with utility companies, despite its less-visible position in the alternative-energy world, according to Santiago Seage, chief executive of Abengoa Solar....MORE (incl. video)