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Rocketdyne Using Supercritical CO2 Power Cycle To Increase Thermal Solar Efficiency & Reduce Capital Costs

posted May 10, 2012, 8:41 AM by SCO2 Symposium
Rocketdyne received a Baseload Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Generation Award under the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. The DOE SunShot Initiative’s goal is to decrease the total cost of solar energy systems by 75% before the end of the decade making it cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity without subsidies and enable widespread deployment across the United States. Rocketdyne intends to utilize several new technologies, one of which includes an advanced supercritical CO2 power cycle to increase thermal solar cycle efficiency by 5% and reduce balance of plant capital costs by 25%.

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