East and Southern Europe), India, parts of South America, Southwest U.S./northern Mexico and
Australia. The operating characteristics of STPPs are relatively well matched with the
intermediate and peak electricity load requirements in these regions.
Two types of collectors have been used in STPPs: parabolic trough and central receiver.
Electricity is generated by incorporating the solar collectors with a Rankine cycle power plant or
as an add-on to a natural gas combined cycle (referred to as an ISCCS).
The title of this book was specifi cally chosen to encompass all the chapters presented in the
book. Solar collectors and panels have become household and industrial items being used for
power production, heating, cooling and are even being used for outer space research because
of their environmentally friendly nature.