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Concentrating Solar Power and Water Use

COURSE NO: R02-001
Concentrating Solar Power and Water Use
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides information about four concentrating solar power technologies: parabolic trough, linear fresnel, tower power and dish/engine systems, and a comparison of water usage for these systems with once-through cooling, recirculating evaporative cooling, dry cooling, and hybrid wet/dry parallel cooling systems.


The requirement for cooling water is a major issue in the siting of new thermoelectric power plants, including those powered by solar energy.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for energy, mechanical, electrical, construction, and civil engineers. An attendee of this course will gain knowledge about concentrating solar power technologies, how they compare with each other, their water requirements, and thermoelectric power plant cooling options for use with them.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Be familiar with the principles of operation of and characteristics of a parabolic trough,  linear fresnel,  power tower, and  dish/engine concentrating solar power systems
  • Be familiar with the general operating principles of once-through cooling, recirculating evaporative cooling, dry cooling, and hybrid wet/dry cooling for thermoelectric power plants
  • Be familiar with the relative water withdrawal and water consumption requirements for once-through cooling, recirculating evaporative cooling, dry cooling, and hybrid wet/dry cooling methods
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled: "Concentrating Solar Power and Water Use", which is composed of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Report to Congress: "Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study - Reducing Water Consumption of Concentrating Solar Power Electricity Generation".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Concentrating Solar Power and Water Use (1.6 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOE report.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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