New Applications

Power generation is not the only application suitable for solar technologies. As the primary step of solar energy conversion is the one to heat, any application in the power range of 100 to 1000 MWt and temperature range of 200 to 400 °C is a potential application for parabolic trough systems. For lower temperature/power ranges, other collector technologies seem to be more economical.

Amongst others, thermal desalination processes (Multi Effect Distillation, Multistage Flash DistillationStage) driven with trough technology has been investigated and compared to Reverse Osmosis plants, driven by solar generated electricity.