csp Articles

  • Italy: the next CSP hotspot?

    Italy could potentially have a booming CSP market, thanks to high DNI levels in the southern parts of the country and in the main islands of Sardinia and Sicily – where one of the newest CSP plants, the 50 MW Mazara, is being built. Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for CSP generation and industrial needs for process heat should make the market even more attractive. So why aren't developers flocking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Landmark week for CSP in South Africa

    1 November 2011, London, CSP Today On Friday 4th November the IPP Procurement Programme in South Africa will see the deadline for the first round of bids. The IPP programme has been designed to contribute towards the target of 3 725 megawatts of renewable energy and towards socio-economic and environmentally sustainable growth. The vision is to start and stimulate the renewable industry in ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    Why is the performance testing of newly developed plants important for the future of large scale projects in the US? As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kuwait: A CSP market worth entering?

    Kuwait's renewable energy plans show that CSP has a paramount role to play in the country's future energy mix, but when will developments pick up pace? Progress in Kuwait's CSP projects has been slower than anticipated. While the net gas importer signed multi-year supply deals for liquefied natural gas with Qatargas and Shell, and is considering similar agreements with Iran and the United ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP faces new California siting limits in DRECP

    The publication of the Preferred Alternative draft of the much-awaited Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) brings both hope and consternation to supporters of clean energy in California. DRECP would close approximately 20 million acres of a 22 million acre area of California desert lands to large-scale renewable energy development, while still allowing renewable development on ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - Morocco

    Plan your CSP business strategy in Morocco: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard 2015: ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

    A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - India

    Plan your CSP business strategy in India: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard 2015: ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - South Africa

    Plan your CSP business strategy in South Africa: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Supply chain roadblocks problematic for Indian CSP

    CSP Today explore the difficulties that the Indian CSP industry have faced in treading the fine line between reliance on foreign expertise and building a local manufacturing base, as solar power ramps up in the country. Developing an indigenous supply chain for solar thermal power projects in India was a fundamental goal of the National Solar Mission (NSM), launched by the Indian Government in ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - USA

    Plan your CSP business strategy in the USA: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard 2015: ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - Saudi Arabia

    Plan your CSP business strategy in Saudi Arabia: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard ...


    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

  • Learning curve proving steep for the Indian CSP industry

    Phase 1 of the National Solar Mission aimed to provide India with a learning curve for its first steps into CSP, with recent developments suggesting that there are many lessons to take into the next phase. In a recent interview Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), attributed delays in CSP project development to problems in the supply of critical ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • CSP Today Markets Report 2015 - UAE

    Plan your CSP business strategy in the UAE: Project pipeline: Analyze the country’s pipeline with detailed project data and breakdowns by project status and technology Local CSP ecosystem: Find a list of key players and potential local partners including government agencies, developers, EPCs and component suppliers CSP Today’s Markets Scorecard 2015: ...


    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

  • Opening markets for CSP – the industrial heat application

    Heavy industry can be a viable secondary market today for CSP producers, but questions remain on whether start-up costs are justifiable for industrial users, and how reliable CSP can be for processes that can't pace production by the sun. Solar thermal heat implies steam, and industries that need steam include refining, food processing, wood-working, desalination and chemicals, among others. ...


    By FCBI Energy

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