New EU-funded project targets 'home-made energy'

The system is based on concentrated solar power technology, in which parabola-shaped troughs concentrate the sun's rays on to a receiver that converts the solar energy into heat. A tracking mechanism allows these devices to follow the sun as it moves across the sky. Currently, concentrated solar power technologies are deployed in large plants where they generate enough power for thousands of homes. However, recent technological advances mean that it is now possible to develop small-scale systems that can be fitted to individual buildings.