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solar thermal

Uses sunlight to create heat, but needs water to operate. Once solar thermal devices receive sunlight, they concentrate the light and generate heat. The generated heat warms the water, which can either be circulated and used directly, or can be used to drive a turbine that generates electricity. There are three types of solar thermal systems: parabolic troughs, parabolic dishes, and power towers. See also: Energy
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During the kick-off meeting of the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP) on 6 December in Brussels, a current overview on the worldwide solar thermal energy market and the current research activities will be provided.
"Sacyr is excited about working with Solel to enter the field of solar thermal energy projects," said Emilio Lopez, CEO of Valoriza Energia, owned by Sacyr.
Solar thermal energy technology has now reached maturity: European capacity in 2005 was 10 GW and the vision for 2030 envisages this figure multiplying twentyfold.
"The ability to provide real-time data on the solar thermal energy being generated by our systems has provided us with a value-add for our customers and new revenue-generating capabilities in the form of PPAs."
Solar thermal energy technology has now reached maturity: European capacity in 2005 was 10 GWth and the vision for 2030 envisages this figure multiplying twentyfold.
The renewable energy sources covered by the agreement are wind energy, geothermal energy, tidal and stream power, wave power, solar photovoltaic power, solar thermal energy, ocean thermal energy and bio-energy.
* The European Solar Thermal Energy Conference "estec2OO3" takes place in Freiburg, Germany, on June 26-27, in parallel with Intersolar, the international trade fair and exhibition dedicated to solar energy.
It includes an obligation to cover between 30 and 70% of domestic hot water demand with solar thermal energy, subject to volume and region.
The project, involving Algeria, Egypt, the Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine, concerns the development of solar thermal energy, currently regarded the option most likely to compete successfully with fossil fuels.

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