An Overview of Solar Power Plant Operation

Maarky Thermal Systems, Inc., has set a new standard for reliable heat transfer equipment for power plants worldwide. Under the guidance of company president Dr. Ranga Nadig, Maarky Thermal Systems specializes in providing solar heat exchangers and other heat-exchange technologies to concentrated solar power plants.

Solar plants primarily use two different methods to convert solar energy to electricity. In the first method photovoltaic panels uses a series of solar cells that absorb energy from the sun and convert the solar energy to electricity.

In the second method large mirrows focus the sun’s energy to boil water to steam in boiler tubes located on top of a tall tower. Alternatively the sun’s energy can be used to heat molten salt or a working fluid such as Terminol to high temperatures. The heat from the molten salt or the working fluid is used to convert water to steam. The steam flows through a steam turbine generator producing electricity.

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