Concentrated Solar Power Plant
A parabolic trough concentrating solar power plant uses curved mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun onto a receiver tube. A synthetic oil/Molten nitrate salts (HTF) absorbs the sun’s energy, reaching high temperatures depending on the HTF used placed safely in the receiver tube that runs down the centre of a parabolic trough. The HTF then passes through a heat exchanger to heat water which then produces steam. The steam drives a conventional steam turbine power system to generate power that can be transported via a transmission line. The thermal energy concentrated can be stored and used to produce electricity when it is needed, normally at night.