Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted renewable energy initiative along with Japan’s Cosmo Oil Company and the Tokyo Institute of Technology has launched a new project at Masdar City. The advanced concentrated solar power (CSP) Central Tower research and development project will test ‘beam down’ technology. The beam down technology is known to have the capability of transforming solar irradiation into electricity more efficiently in comparison to other technologies.
The beam down process does just the opposite of what the conventional solar tower technologies do. Unlike other traditional solar tower technologies, which uses mirrors to direct the sun’s rays onto a receiver at the top of a central tower, to heat a heat transfer fluid, the beam down technology can reduce energy losses resulting from pumping the fluid to an elevated receiver, which would raise operational efficiency and lower electricity generation costs. This research agreement is the most recent component of an ongoing effort by the UAE to position itself as a global leader in the area of renewable energy technologies.