concentrated solar power CSP Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • `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 ...

  • 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

  • India’s first CSP R&D center aimed at LCOE to be discussed at INDIASOL 2014

    Ener-T and Indian Oil Corporation will be sharing their insights into the technical innovations being planned at the CSP R&D center under development in Jodhpur at the INDIASOL 2014 conference. The concentrated solar power (CSP) industry in India is bridging the gap between Phase I and Phase II of the National Solar Mission (NSM) with government initiatives such as two pilot projects and also ...


    By New Energy Update

  • BLM issues licenses for two California solar plants

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the construction of two solar power plants in California, the first of nine solar projects that could get the go-ahead to begin construction by the end of the year and thereby qualify for federal tax credits. BLM issued permits for the 709 MW Imperial Valley Solar Project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant that Tessara Solar is developing ...

  • CSP Today Markets Forecast Report: 2015-2025

    Streamline resources and plan market strategies in line with the shifting capacity trajectories The CSP Today Markets Forecast 2015-2025 presents both a short- and long-term outlook on the deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) in the global market, as well as in six key markets. Using data from the CSP Today Global Tracker and insights from industry stakeholders, the forecast aims ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Grid integration of renewables in Egypt - Case Study

    Integration of large Amounts of Renewable Electricity in the Egyptian Energy Grid - Capacity Building for Management and Engineer-Technical Level (Egypt-RE-Grid). The electricity sector of the Arab Republic of Egypt produces large amounts of electricity through thermal and hydroelectric power stations. Egypt has diminishing proven oil reserves and declining production. Natural gas production is ...

  • Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014

    Executive Summary The competiveness of renewable power generation technologies continued improving in 2013 and 2014. The cost-competitiveness of renewable power generation technologies has reached historic levels. Biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind can all now provide electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation (Figure ES 1). ...

  • Case study - fuel-free power from solar thermal

    Middle East Technical University Campus, North Cyprus, Turkey Application Type: Solar Thermal Nominal Power Output: 18kW Thermal Heat Input: 200 - 400kW Hot Water Input Range: 170 - 225°F Hot Water Flow: 185 GPM Cold Water Input: 80-100°F Cold Water Flow: 220 GPM Date Commissioned: Q4 2010 Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • The progress of the SunShot Initiative examined at CSP Today USA 2013

    CSP Today USA 2013 (26-27 June, Las vegas) will host exclusive SunShot Initiative roundtables to share the latest R&D aimed at driving down CSP costs and optimizing system efficiency. Since the U.S. Department of Energy launched its Sunshot Initiative in February 2011 the program has funded over 150 projects focused on the research and development of Photovoltaic (PV) and ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Solar power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Plan B 4.0 by the numbers - data highlights on solar energy

    Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. The sun is an enormous reservoir of energy; in fact, the sunlight reaching Earth in just one hour is enough to power the global economy for a whole year. Harnessing some of this energy is an essential component of Earth Policy ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Energizing our green future

    As world leaders come together at the UN General Assembly to adopt new sustainable development goals, climate change activists gear up for Climate Week in New York City and the Pope brings his message to the United Nations, a shared vision of ...


    By The World Bank

  • New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

    The United Arab Emirates have been the unchallenged leaders in the Middle East in creating large scale renewable energy projects. But a new set of players is emerging in the region that is drawing the interest of large private investors. Countries in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Libya) have been developing major renewable energy ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • South Africa: Coming up aces for Abengoa

    Abengoa’s plans for multiple plants at its Khi Solar and Kaxu Solar sites are a sign of bigger things to come in South Africa. London, CSP Today Months of anticipation regarding South Africa’s competitive bidding process culminated with the official announcement of the country’s first 28 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) preferred bidders in early ...


    By New Energy Update

  • TMY – typical meteorological year - What should it represent and what means P50, P70 and P90

    Technical Top Tip courtesy of Suntrace Solar Resource Assessment 1. What is a TMY? A Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) is a data set giving values in high time resolution. It shall well represent the characteristic meteorological conditions of average years at a site. Energy performance calculations to predict ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Some surprising facts about Ivanpah

    Ivanpah, the world’s largest power tower CSP project, seems to attract a lot of controversy. Along with that, it brings up concerns about its operations. CSP Today has received some interesting questions amounting to ‘Has something gone wrong? Is Ivanpah not really working?’ By Susan Kraemer In such novel technology built at such ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Designing renewable contracts that value CSP storage

    As California ramps up its storage requirements, it has not included Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with integrated energy storage. Instead it is testing pilot projects using batteries at utility-scale, even though it must be obvious to bean counters at utilities ...


    By New Energy Update

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