Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Clean Energy Technologies



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author = {Markides, C and Tunnicliffe, H},
journal = {TCE The Chemical Engineer},
pages = {38--41},
title = {A concentrated effort},
year = {2017}

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AB - Concentrated solar power (CSP) has received less attention and funding compared to its more popular solar power rival, especially since photovoltaic (PV) technology is more viable in widespread smaller-scale applications. CSP has the ability to store thermal energy unlike conventional photovoltaics. CSP power stations that has storage facilities can utilize heat to generate power even when the sun is out. According to Christos Markides, reader in clean energy processes at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK, a silicon PV panel has an efficiency, in terms of solar energy transformed into electricity, or about 15%-20%, while CSP technologies will have efficiencies close to 25%. Markides and his team are researching on a slightly different CSP concept, in which H2O that drives the turbine generation cycle is also utilized as the heat transfer fluid that is sent to the parabolic collectors, rather than using an intermediate thermal oil, a process called direct steam generation. Markides is leading a five-year collaborative CSP research project with African universities - the University of Pretoria in South Africa, the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and the University of Mauritius. The project is a program grant funded by the UK Department for International Development.
AU - Markides,C
AU - Tunnicliffe,H
EP - 41
PY - 2017///
SN - 0302-0797
SP - 38
TI - A concentrated effort
T2 - TCE The Chemical Engineer
ER -