University Of Calif., Mongolian National University Embark On Solar Thermal Research Project

Mongolian National University (MNU) and the University of California (UC) have agreed to cooperate on high-temperature solar thermal technology research in Mongolia in 2014.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Mongolian Innovation and Technology Center at MNU will install a 100 kW non-tracking solar thermal array on its campus. The system, developed by Roland Winston, UC professor and solar director, will be installed, monitored and evaluated by MNU's engineering department.

‘Given the design, these thermal solar arrays perform extremely well in hazy conditions so we're quite optimistic about our prospects,’ Winston says.

Similar designs of the non-commercial solar thermal system are operating at UC, Purdue University and the Gas Institute of Chicago.

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