Prospects and challenges of concentrated solar photovoltaics and enhanced geothermal energy technologies

Tabbi Wilberforce, A. Baroutaji, Zaki El Hassan, J. Thompson, Bassel Soudan, A.g. Olabi

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Abstract

Reducing the total emissions of energy generation systems is a pragmatic approach for limiting the environmental pollution and associated climate change problems. Socio economic activities in the 21st century is highly determined by the energy generation mediums, particularly the renewable resources, across the world. Therefore, a thorough investigation into the technologies used in harnessing these energy generation mediums should contribute to their further advancement. Concentrated Solar Photovoltaics (CSP) and Enhanced Geothermal Energy (EGE) are considered as emerging renewable energy technologies with high potential to be used as suitable replacements for fossil products (petroleum, coal, natural gas etc.). Despite the accelerated developments in these technologies, they are still facing many challenges in terms of cost. This review paper presents a detailed background about these renewable energy technologies and their main types such as solar tower, parabolic trough, and so on. Also, the principle challenges impeding the advancement of these energy technologies into commercialisation are discussed. Possible solutions for the main challenges are presented and the future prospects for such energy generation mediums are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-861
Number of pages11
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume659
Early online date19 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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Keywords

  • Concentrated solar photovoltaics
  • Enhanced geothermal energy
  • Fossil fuel
  • Renewable energy
  • Technologies

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