PNNL’s thermochemical conversion device installed in front of a solar dish
PNNL’s concentrating solar power system for natural gas power plants, installed on a mirrored parabolic dish
Close-up look of PNNL’s concentrating solar power system
Solar power holds the promise of clean, limitless energy, but it currently suffers from high costs and an inherent disadvantage of not working when the sun isn't shining. The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is taking a best-of-both-worlds approach by developing a hybrid solar/gas system that increases the efficiency and reduces the carbon footprint of natural gas power plants.
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