Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power
Source: US Department of Energy - youtube.com
Thailand is highly dependent on imported energy. In 2012, over 67% of energy was imported. Total Energy expenditure in 2012 was US $71 Billion,10% higher than in 2011.
Thailand needs to impove energy efficiency and develop renewable energy, taking into account environmental impacts and national energy security.
Natural gas fuels the majority of Thailands power generation, 67% in 2012. In the same year, renewable energy sources accounted for only 5%, although this figure will increase as Thailand continues to implement its Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP).
In order to stay competitive in a global econcomy,Thailand has emerged as one of the first countries in Asia to encourage alternative energy investment. Thailand needs to impove energy efficiency and develop renewable energy, taking into account environmental impacts and national energy security.
Thailand’s Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) is sufficient to operate a solar thermal business. With this DNI level and our technology we can maximize the collection of solar radiation heat at high temperatures which improves the efficiency of the system as opposed to traditional solar operations.
With this in mind ATE solar has placed research and development as a core foundation of our company. Our research and development facilities are located in Thailand and we believe we are at the forefront in innovation of nanotechnology development and molten salt storage for solar thermal applications.
Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth, with about 885 million terawatt hours (TWh) reaching the surface of the planet every year – 3,500 times the energy that humankind would consume in 2050.*
*Source: IEA 2014