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Modified CSP using metal spheres to bolster thermal conveyance


Concentrated Solar Power, or CSP, is a system that concentrates large quantities of solar energy into a small area, heating it. The heat is then transferred through a heat exchanger and converted into electricity.

My system proposes using metal spheres to absorb the thermal energy. The spheres are then passed through a closed loop, into a boiler to generate steam, and then back into the starting point. The steam generated during the process powers a turbine, generating electric energy.

The advantage of my system is that the spheres are a significantly more efficient way of conveying thermal energy. A standard 250 megawatt CSP station would produce energy at approximately $0.12 per kilowatt hour. An equally large plant using my system would run at an efficiency rate of $0.03 per kilowatt hour, or approximately four times as efficient.