concentrated solar power project Articles

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • India’s PV-led solar growth casts eyes on performance of CSP projects

    India's CSP industry is seeking maximized output from Reliance Power’s 125 MW Fresnel-based plant and progress in four parabolic trough projects to provide competitive cost references in a market pressured by PV growth, industry sources said. It has now been a year since the 125 MW Reliance Areva plant, Asia’s largest Concentrated Solar Power plant, went into operation at Dhursar, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

    Solar energy is the world’s most plentiful and ubiquitous energy source, and researchers around the world are pursuing ways to convert sunlight into a useful form. Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels. Research in solar-derived liquid ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Rotork valve automation at solar power plants - Case Study

    Overview Spain is now the world's largest generator of electricity from solar power plants. Spanish solar energy plants utilise parabolic trough technology combined with a thermal storage system using molten salt batteries to maximise their power generating capacity. The parabolic trough is constructed as a long parabolic mirror with a Dewar tube running its length at the focal point. ...


    By Rotork

  • 2nd Progress meeting on the APOLLON project

    2nd Progress meeting on the APOLLON project   Introduction In Piacenza, Italy, has been held the 2nd progress meeting of the APOLON Project, so far the biggest integrated Photovoltaic project of FP7 whose main final objective is the development of point focus (PF) and dense array ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • The flawed economics of nuclear power

    Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: nuclear power is uneconomical. In an excellent ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Wind power growth in the US

    Last year was a banner year for renewable energy in the United States, especially for the wind industry. As the recent REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report highlights, the industry broke all past global records, installing 5,244 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy capacity in 2007, or 30 percent of all new U.S. capacity added. This brings the cumulative national total close to 17,000 ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • `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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Solar Thermal System: Benefits Vs Problems?

    Solar thermal systems are the latest green renewable technology that derives energy from the sun to produce heat. This heat is then transferred to warm water for utilization or regulates temperatures within households, offices and even industries. Varying qualities of equipment results in variation of performance in terms of efficiency and quantity of energy being wasted depending upon quality. ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • 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

  • Siemens Takes A Good Step Towards Energy Efficiency

    The contemporary world today is facing a lot of economic and environmental challenges. It is important to find a quick and sustainable solution. Siemens, the market leader in power technology, concentrates on renewable energy, solar energy and wind power especially. The demand of solar energy and wind power in the United States is increasing as it is ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • Wave of CSP activity across the MENA region

    Looking beyond Saudi Arabia, the CSP Today Global Tracker highlighted a number of updates made this week that demonstrate the progression of the concentrated solar power industry in MENA. While attention has focused heavily on the Saudi Arabian solar opportunity, it should not be forgotten that there are a number of pipelines now opening for CSP companies in the Middle East.  The ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • The rise of Fresnel technology is heavily aided by the consolidation in the CSP industry

    The need for increasing project scale is driving a round of partnerships and acquisitions that could soon see the CSP industry reduced to a few vertically-integrated monoliths and this could be aiding the raise of the Fresnel technology with AREVA entering strongly this market. In an industry that has seen more than its fair share of mergers and acquisitions in the last couple of years, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • New energy economy emerging in the United States

    As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • A CSP developer`s DNI dream

    In an emerging CSP market such as South Africa, one of the many challenges developers face is siting the project based on acquiring accurate Direct Normal Irradiation data, as optimal siting of CSP plants is a key component to plant efficiency, and ultimate profitability. London, UK, August 24 2011 DNI plays a role because it is used to predict the output of concentrated solar power ...


    By FCBI Energy

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