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Photo of the Week: Boosting Solar Technology

April 15, 2013 - 4:47pm

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Concentrated solar panels are getting a power boost. This summer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will be testing a new concentrated solar power system -- one that can help natural gas power plants reduce their fuel usage by up to 20 percent. PNNL has developed a system that uses a thermochemical conversion device to convert natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas. By installing the pictured device in front of a concentrating solar power dish, power plants can burn less fuel. <a href="
http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=981" target=_blank">Learn more about concentrated solar energy at PNNL</a>. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Concentrated solar panels are getting a power boost. This summer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will be testing a new concentrated solar power system -- one that can help natural gas power plants reduce their fuel usage by up to 20 percent. PNNL has developed a system that uses a thermochemical conversion device to convert natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas. By installing the pictured device in front of a concentrating solar power dish, power plants can burn less fuel. Learn more about concentrated solar energy at PNNL. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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