ENERGY: Storage will make solar power reliable after sunset
Reliability is the greatest weakness of solar power. The sun provides an abundant, clean source of power to run steam generators that produce electricity.
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#1 Jan 2, 2012
This would be the major selling difference between CST and solar PV. The heat storage makes the heat based concentrating solar a more reliable fit in the energy mix. If you're going to install solar PV on public lands over thousands of acres for something like power for 250,000 homes, then put solar PV on the roofs of 250,000 homes. It is more efficient installed there than in a remote area and then have to be 'shipped' to market.
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