Special Issue "Recent Advances in Solar Power Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2020.
Interests: renewable energy; renewable energy technologies; energy engineering; thermal engineering; energy conversion; power generation; engineering thermodynamics; energy efficiency in building; solar power plants
Interests: 1) fundamental research on developing new class of hybrid materials for efficient energy conversions and storages, and 2) applied research on devices and systems including for full spectrum solar energy conversion, thermal energy storage, water harvesting, and energy efficient buildings
Concentrating solar power (CSP), is, today, a renewable energy alternative to PV or wind in terms of energy management. Although these competitors are cheaper, coupling with energy storage now gives the advantage to CSP to be a relevant electric network input or even a reliable heat process source. Moreover, the scientific community is supporting continuous advances in improving known technologies and totally disruptive concepts.
Some examples of new advances are improvements to thermal oil solar fields, new thermodynamic cycle concepts, etc. Collecting information on these new advances in CSP is one of the goals of this Special Issue, focusing on the following ideas:
- Concentrating solar power plant improvements;
- O&M experiences;
- Heat process concepts;
- New thermodynamic concepts;
- Disruptive CSP technologies and ideas;
- Thermal energy storage;
- Heat process production and management.
Prof. Dr. Javier Muñoz-Antón
Dr. Sungwoo Yang
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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Title: Biomass for photovoltaic applications
Authors: Indra Neel Pulidindi, Aharon Gedanken
Affiliation: Deoartment of Chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, SJTU, Shanghai China; Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
Abstract: Solar energy is vital for the sustenance of life processes and is a vital source of energy. Innovative methods need to be developed for the effective utilization of the clean and abundantly energy supply from Sun. We attempted to convert biomass to bioethanol using solar energy in a specially deslgned solar reactor. The bioethanol (2 M) produced from glucose making use of solar energy was used as fuel in direct ethanol fuel cells resulting in a current density and power density of 700 mAcm-1 and 330 mWcm-1 at an operating cell voltage of 1.65 V. This example shows that the conventional definition and scope of photo voltaic cells itself need to be widened so that other alternate energy sources like biomass and fuel cells are included in the definition. Such a path ahead lead to sustainability of energy and effective use of solar energy for the exponentially increasing demand for clean energy. In addition to our own results, recent advances in solar power plants will also be summarized giving the readers an clear understanding of extent of reliability on solar power plants for future needs.