U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power (Video)

From towers to dishes to linear mirrors to troughs, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies reflect and collect solar heat to generate electricity. A single CSP plant can generate enough power for about 90,000 homes. This video explains what CSP is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power.

For more information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's CSP research, see the Solar Energy Technologies Office's Concentrating Solar Power Web page.