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  • Concentrating Solar Power

    Technology Overview   By collecting solar energy during daylight hours and storing it in hot molten salt, concentrating solar power technologies like power towers give utilities an alternative method for meeting peak loads. (Warren Gretz)  Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by converting the sun’s energy into high-temperature heat using ...

  • Developing a CSP strategy for the Middle East and North Africa

    For the concentrated solar power industry, the MENA region represents a key pocket of opportunity.  But understanding and explaining the CSP proposition is also a challenge that needs to be tackled. After the Shams 1 CSP plant was commissioned earlier this year, industry figures have been looking to see where a pipeline can develop for the technology in the region.  This is one of the ...


    By New Energy Update

  • At 8%+ CAGR, Concentrated Solar Power Market to reach US$ 4 Bn by 2025

    As per a recent industry report put forward by Global Market Insights Inc., Concentrated Solar Power Market is forecast to register its name in the billion-dollar fraternity down the line of seven years, by exceeding a revenue of USD 4 billion by 2025 with a projected CAGR of 8.5% over 2019-2025. Concentrated solar ...


    By Global Market Insights, Inc.

  • Two scenarios for a solar world economy

    Solar energy using Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology will become the most abundant source of renewable energy. The technology and the economics of CSP are explained. An overview is given for the deployed CSP capacity, the CSP capacity which is currently being built, and the planned capacity. We make the following assumptions: (1) The learning curve for CSP technology will finally lead to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water analyzer packages for monitoring critical process parameters in steam production of renewable energy plant Shams I - Case Study

    Located in western Abu Dhabi, Shams is a large renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East and owned by Masdar. It is a concentrating solar power station with a capacity of 100 MW of clean, renewable electricity by the use of large parabolic solar fields. In both traditional and concentrated solar power plants, the steam cycle is key to generating electricity. By monitoring the ...


    By AppliTek NV

  • CSP central to Moroccan renewable targets Recent news that tender for Phase II of the Ouarzazate site in southern Morocco will open at the end of 201

    Recent news that tender for Phase II of the Ouarzazate site in southern Morocco will open at the end of 2013 emphasises the role that concentrated solar power is playing in the country. Press reports indicate that Phase II of the Ouarzazate site will be over 300MW in size.  Adding this to the current 160MW in development of Phase I, this site alone will go some way towards meeting ...


    By New Energy Update

  • South African concentrated solar power executives call for more competition amongst EPCs

    In an exclusive CSP Today study of over 100 executives in the concentrated solar power industry in South Africa it has emerged that more competition between EPC contractors was viewed as the number one factor in reducing costs in CSP development. The results emerged as part of the CSP Today ‘CSP in South Africa: Industry Development Survey’, where over 100 executives were surveyed for ...


    By New Energy Update

  • The challenge of local content examined: a Spanish solution in South Africa

    Spanish engineering, procurement and construction companies’ long track record in the concentrated solar power (CSP) sector provides them with a distinctive advantage to develop large-scale projects around the world. In addition, it gives them a competitive edge when addressing challenges that are particular to these developments.  Our most recent article: “The ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Finalists announced for INDIASOL CSP Technology and Supplier Award 2014

    Ener-T, Aalborg CSP & Sojitz Corporation and Thermosol Glass have been announced as finalists of the CSP Today and PV Insider INDIASOL 2014 Awards. Voting is now open for the award of CSP Technology and Supplier of the Year. Cost reduction is the number one priority to make concentrated solar power a competitive energy source. With that goal in mind, suppliers and technology developers ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Only 30 tickets remain before the 4th Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA completely sells out!

    With just over 3 weeks to go until the 4th Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA taking place June 24-25 in San Francisco, the conference is almost sold out with just over 30 tickets remaining. The conference which has already attracted over 500 confirmed attendees (to see a sample list visit here ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Dr Farooq Abdullah in the opening ceremony of CSP TODAY INDIA

    Dr Abdullah, the Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy of India demonstrated the commitment of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy to the concentrated solar thermal power industry by opening the inaugural CSP TODAY INDIA event. With over 275 people on attendance to the 1st Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit India is the fastest ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Design and theoretical performance analysis of linear Fresnel reflector solar concentrator with a tubular absorber

    A linear Fresnel reflector solar concentrator (LFRSC) system is used nowadays for operation at intermediate temperature ranges by using solar energy. Considerable attention is being paid to the design, fabrication and testing of solar concentrators. The performance of the system depends on the design parameters, mass flow rate, desired temperature difference, tracking accuracy, etc. In the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sunbeams from Space Mirrors in dawn-dusk Polar Orbit feeding Solar fields on the ground for Low Cost Electricity

    A Space Power Satellite capable of providing solar electric power economically for 24 hours per day has been a dream for decades. However, the SPS concept is very complex since it assumes multiple energy conversion steps and includes specially constructed ground microwave receiver stations. The 5 km by 15 km Integrated Symmetric Concentrator SPS concept employs light weight mirrors in a GEO ...


    By JX Crystals

  • How Does Solar Energy Transformed into Electricity?

    Many years ago, solar energy was never been the subject of all talks. Basically because the solar energy was never given that importance in people’s day to day life before. They just ignore and did not give attention on its importance. They fail to realize the importance of it. Now, as the period of modernized society where new technologies and innovations occurred came, the demand for ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Techno economic performances of a dry cooling solar power tower plant under Algerian climate

    The Sahara represents more than 80% of the total area of Algeria. This region is characterised by the high level of solar energy potential. On the other hand, concentrating solar power plants represent 70% of the total power to be installed in the framework of the national plan of renewable energy and energy efficiency which consists of installing up 22,000 MW of power generating capacity from ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Local challenges confronting the CSP market in South Africa

    Lacking of a definitive Government energy policy in South Africa has been a key barrier hindering progress in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) market in the country. The CSP Today’s South Africa 3 part guide’ states: “The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), published in mid-2010, identified South Africa’s 2013 renewables target of 10,000 GWh of energy from all renewable ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Gujarat looking to promote the CSP advantage

    As India’s National Solar Mission takes a back seat for concentrated solar power projects, regional opportunities have sprung to the fore – and Gujarat intends to capitalize. When it was announced in December that the CSP allocation of the National Solar Mission would be delayed, developers began looking further afield in the quest for new projects.  Gujarat has been pushing ...


    By New Energy Update

  • The right time for solar augmentation for the CSP industry

    While demand for concentrated solar power augmentation of coal-fired plants is picking up with the recent announcement of a 5MW addition to a coal plant in Chile by GDF Suez & Solar Power Group but the fast development of this new market for CSP will only succeed as the costs come down significantly. Last week’s announcement by GDF SUEZ and Solar Power Group of their plans to develop a ...


    By New Energy Update

  • `Sahara Power` needs pan-European grid operator

    A consortium of leading European – mostly German – companies plans to invest €400 billion in a megaproject to generate solar power in the Sahara desert. “Desertec”, as the project is called, could cover 15 percent of European electricity demand. The problem is, how do you transport this power to Paris and Berlin? ‘It will not work without a pan-European grid operator.’ The figures for the ...

  • 2013: An important year for CSP in the United States

    Last week the CSP Today Global Tracker revealed that between now and early 2014 the total generation capacity of concentrated solar power in the United States will increase by more than 120%. Currently, 571.16MW of CSP capacity has been commissioned in the United States, but with five large-scale projects scheduled for completion in 2013-14 this capacity is set to increase by 120%, a further ...


    By New Energy Update

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