The Azimuth Project
Concentrated solar power (Rev #6)


Concentrated solar power uses lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight, producing heat which drives a heat engine, usually a steam turbine, connected to a generator. This is a different idea than photovoltaic solar power, where solar radiation is directly converted to electricity without the use of steam turbines. One should also distinguish between solar power — that is, ways of turning solar radiation into electrical power — and other uses of solar energy, e.g. heating household water.

For examples of concentrated solar power plants, already operational or planned, see our articles:


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