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  • Growing a local concentrated solar thermal power economy in South Africa

    In recent months South Africa has seen a dramatic change in its energy policy as the Department of Energy, NERSA and Eskom have taken steps to move to a renewable energy future. On November 4th the Independent Power Producer bidding process for the first 200MW of CSP will close, leaving many anxious developers waiting until COP17 to find out if their project has won the tender. In answering the ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • Double nomination for AES Solar

    AN installation handled by our team at AES Solar is in the running for a national award. And we are also delighted to have been selected as a finalist for a local business award too. We will find out if our installation for Craigdon Mountain Sports at the Pentland Outdoor Centre in Edinburgh has won the Sustainable Scotland Award in ...


    By AES Ltd

  • 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 FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • More transparency needed on solar field cost and performance

    Novatec Biosol will be participating actively in the 4th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit (Nov 15-17) as an exhibitor and sponsor. The rise of the Fresnel system to the hierarchy of CSP is one of the issues that will be actively discussed at this industry flagship event with a 700 strong attendance. CSP Today: What are ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • Indian CSP Powers Towards National Solar Mission Targets

    Experts at CSP Today believe important steps have been taken to sustain CSP growth in India It was announced last week that the Indian state of Rajasthan is accepting bids from solar developers for 2X50MW of new solar thermal projects. This will amount to 100MW of solar thermal capacity that will be awarded on a competitive basis. The pre-bidding process took place on 3rd January 2012, with the ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 plc

  • 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 FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • 30 minutes with Shirish Garud, The Energy and Resources Institute

    CSP Today catches up with Shirish Garud, The Energy and Resources Institute CSP Today catches up with Shirish Garud from The Energy and Resources Institute, who will be sharing his expertise opinion on the importance of the organization at  the 1st CSP Today Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit India ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    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 technologies. After more than 10 years in hibernation, parabolic trough technology has been revived again with ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • CSP could be the best energy solution for the mining industry

    Chile could be the make or break of the concentrated solar power industry in finding a way to work closely with the mining industry. Many mining companies in the Great North would greatly benefit from being able to take advantage of an abundant and free solar resource that could eliminate reliance on expensive energy imports. As part of the inaugural CSP Today LATAM conference, CSP Today has ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • CSP and mining in Chile

    With a mining industry that produces 35% of the world´s copper, it is imperative for Chile´s economic growth to produce energy from a source that is secure, dispatchable and unlimited. In an exclusive online webinar last week, hosted by CSP Today, experts discussed the positive impact that solar CSP could have on Chile’s mining industry. With many mining markets located in ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • 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 FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • Indian CSP - Concentrating efforts to meet the JNNSN deadline

    CSP Today reveals the important steps Indian developers are taking to meet the JNNSM deadline in May 2013. In December 2010 the Phase I bidding process of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in India was completed with more than sixty companies submitting bids. The reverse bidding mechanism that was introduced under the JNNSM meant that solar projects were awarded to the lowest ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

  • 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 Ltd.

  • CSP Today interviews Avi Brenmiller, President and CEO of Brenmiller Energy

    In a market that has to ensure that dispatchable power is available at all times, Brenmiller Energy an innovative solar company, provides a modular solar steam generation product for power generation applications. CSP Today speaks to Avi Brenmiller, CEO of Brenmiller Energy, about scalable solutions for both large and smaller users, price competitiveness, steam augmentation and how the technology ...


    By FCBI Energy Ltd.

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