Sol Electrica has designed a solar-to-electric system (modular solar power plant / MSPP) based on currently operating solar tower technology, innovations in heat transfer and a small but very efficient turbine design. The main differences being that the MSPP can be scaled down in size to run a residence or scaled up to provide electric power to schools, hospitals, government facilities, apartment complexes and condominiums. The MSPP has also vastly improved the efficiency losses that are inherent in all solar tower collection systems (FIG. 1). Currently the best operating solar tower system can reach 34.7% efficiencies in converting solar radiation to electric output.
We have found our calculations, based on known measured technology in other industries, to place our system efficiency above 50%. Another advantage in our system is direct AC production vs. PVC's DC output. PVC efficiencies are rated per panel and do not account for the 5-10% AC/DC conversion losses.