A Review of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) In Malaysian Environment
Rosnani Affandi1, Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani2, Chin Kim Gan3, Jano, Zanariah4
1Rosnani Affandi,  Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University Malaysia Melaka.
2Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical, University Malaysia Melaka.
3Chin Kim Gan, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical, University Malaysia Melaka.
4Jano,Zanariah, Centre for Languages and Human Development, Technical, University Malaysia Melaka.
Manuscript received on November 27, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on December 13, 2013. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2013. | PP: 378-382 | Volume-3, Issue-2, December 2013. | Retrieval Number:  B2498123213/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: Malaysia has an abundance of solar energy. While the magnitude for average daily solar irradiations in Malaysia is around 4.21–5.56 kWhm−2, the sunshine duration is more than 2,200 hours per year. However, the focus on solar energy in Malaysia is mainly on the Photovoltaic (PV) panel to generate electricity. There is still lack of thorough investigation in implementing the solar thermal, such as the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in Malaysian environment. This paper reviews the CSP technology and the potential of developing CSP plant in the Malaysian environment by taking into account the Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) and a few geographical aspects.
Keywords: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), Photovoltaic (PV).