Talking CSP at the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency
I had a wonderful chance encounter the other day with Melinda Keller, a professor of engineering at California Polytechnic at the SantaBarbara Summit on Energy Efficiency. It seems that she specializes inCSP (concentrated solar power) – and is tackling what is arguably itsthorniest problem: cooling. CSP does best in the desert, but that’swhere cooling is the toughest. How efficiently can you cool a fluid byblowing 115-degree air past it?
Unfortunately, she couldn’t tell me the exact nature of her project,as it’s funded with private money by a group that wants to keep the work under wraps at this point. But she asked, “Just ask yourself: What’scold in the desert?”
How intriguing! “The air at night? Underground?” I probed.
She smiled mysteriously. Looks like I’ll have to wait to get my answer.
Craig Shields is the editor of the fast-growing website2GreenEnergy. Craig and his associates in clean energy business and technology publish industry interviews, technology analysis, scientific and engineering research, while offering consulting and investment services for the business of renewable energy.
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