Australian Scientists Just Set a World Record for Solar Thermal Efficiency

97% conversion of sunlight into steam.Scientists at the Australian National University have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam for power stations.The team halved energy losses and achieved a 97 percent conversion of sunlight into steam through a new receiver for a solar concentrator dish. This beats commercial systems by about seven percentage points.”When our computer model told us the efficiency that our design was going to achieve, we thought it was alarmingly high,” says John Pye, from the ANU Research School of Engineering.”But when we built it and tested it, sure enough, the performance was amazing.”The ANU team has already had commercial interest in the solar thermal system.”We’re actually talking seriously with a company that’s seeking to use our new receiver in some large mine-site applications, for provision of both heat and power to the site,” John Pye stated.Here’s the solar dish in

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