csp tower plant Articles

  • Stellio heliostat set to cut CSP tower costs by 20%

    A new heliostat modeled on South African data is using a pentagonal reflector design, innovative construction techniques and smart software to boost the cost efficiency of tower plants. Heliostat fields typically contribute about 50% of the capital investment for CSP tower plants, according to a study by SBP Sonne, the German engineering firm which has ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • Morocco`s first CSP plant forges path to tech-led cost cuts

    The imminent start-up of Morocco's Noor I CSP Plant will be followed by lower cost adjacent plants thanks to technology gains such as larger trough apertures which have eclipsed the impact of higher cost dry cooling systems, Driss Berraho, Business Development Manager at ACWA Power, told CSP Today. A consortium led by ACWA Power started construction on the ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 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 FCBI Energy

  • CSP technology advances crucial for cutting costs in South Africa

    With some of the highest levels of Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) in the world, CSP is positioned to play an immense role in South Africa’s energy landscape. Currently, four CSP technologies are being promoted internationally, parabolic trough, power tower, fresnel and dish stirling, but with the lack of operational data in South Africa the industry is still evaluating the suitability of ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • International investment in CSP South Africa: New data and a Building Energy case study

    Introduction: A renewable energy market of extraordinary growth In just four years, South Africa has gone from being a coal-dependent economy to a prime destination for renewable energy investment. Largely propelled by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which commenced in August 2011, the scheme has procured 79 projects with a capacity of 5,243 ...

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Molten salt for parabolic trough applications: system simulation and scale effects

    The trend of solar thermal power plant engineering towards lower investment and energy costs leads to a demand for higher operating temperatures in the plant cycle. The use of molten salts withstanding temperatures up to 550 °C is considered for use in CSP plants, in particular for parabolic trough systems. In thermal storage systems fluids as “Solar Salt” (NaNO3/KNO3) are already ...

  • UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

    Almost three years after launching the Middle East’s first CSP plant, Masdar joined with Masdar Institute to launch late last year the region’s first CSP research and demonstration centre. Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) builds around a set of unique facilities including a 100kW beam-down concentrating tower and its solar field, a hot-oil loop and thermal energy system (TES), ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • MESIA Unveils Winners of the 2014 Solar Awards

    The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2014 Middle East Solar Awards during a gala ceremony on December 1, 2014. In total, there were twelve trophies that were being contested across several sectors. The awards selection was conducted by an ...


    By FCBI Energy

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