A solar thermal dish is like a satellite dish, but, rather than receiving satellite signals, solar thermal dishes receive solar energy. A new system for harnessing the energy collected by a solar thermal dish, developed by researchers at the Australian National University, represents the world's most efficient harnessing of solar energy.
The ANU system converts solar energy into steam that can then be used in power stations. Their modifications to the solar thermal dish produced astounding results. According to their findings, the solar thermal dish was able to convert 97 percent of the sunlight that it received into steam. That boost in efficiency could ultimately lead to a 10 percent reduction in the cost of solar thermal energy according to Dr. John Pye, one of the researchers on the project.
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