17. Solar Thermal Power Production

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten2,3 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer4
  1. Robert Pitz-Paal,
  2. Reiner Buck,
  3. Peter Heller,
  4. Tobias Hirsch and
  5. Wolf-Dieter Steinmann

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch17

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Pitz-Paal, R., Buck, R., Heller, P., Hirsch, T. and Steinmann, W.-D. (2013) Solar Thermal Power Production, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 4

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institut für Solarforschung, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872



  • parabolic trough;
  • linear Fresnel;
  • solar tower;
  • thermal energy storage;
  • concentrating solar thermal power;
  • CSP


Solar thermal technologies use concentration collectors to provide high temperature heat to a power cycle to produce electricity. After some early commercial implementation already in the 1980s, a technology take-off has started at the beginning of the Millennium. This paper summarizes that general concept and technical, economic and environmental characteristics and reviews the status of the technology for parabolic trough, linear Fresnel, central receiver and thermal storage technology. It discusses the actual research directions the cost reduction potential.