Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher CSP System Introduced [Video]
Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher allows High Efficiency for Utility Scale Installations
Stirling Energy Systems featured their new Stirling Engine powered Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Suncatcher System at this year's Solar Power International conference. The Buildaroo News Team interviewed Brian Quinn and Jeff Collins about the Suncatcher technology, energy efficiency and manufacturing process. What's particularly striking is that the company uses automotive manufacturing plants to produce the Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher System. Watch the video below to find out more about the technology.
How the Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher works in brief:
Mirrors concentrate the sunlight into the solar receiver which heats up the hydrogen gas contained in the system to around 700 degrees. This temperature increase pushes the pistons and generates electricity.
- Does not use any water for energy production, while other CSP technologies require water as a cooling agent. In the Suncatcher, water is only used to cleanse the product.
- The Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher technology is completely clean with no combustion.
- The technology is highly scalable as it can be manufactured in 25 megawatt blocks.
The Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher is manufactured using an automotive assembly line in Detroit, Michigan. These plants were chosen due to their many years of experience in manufacturing engines. The Stirling Energy Systems Suncatcher is appropriate for utility scale installations and is currently available on the market.