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  • Building utility scale concentrated solar thermal power the “Indian way”

    With the New Solar Mission ambitious goals that the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy brought out on the 25th of July stipulating hard budgeting restrictions per MW as well as a firm schedule for starting construction of plants. With capital costs coming just over US$3 million per MW, the New Solar Mission might sound ambitious in the ears of international developers but, according to ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Building Utility Scale Concentrated Solar Thermal Power the “Indian way”

    London 12/08/2010 With the New Solar Mission ambitious goals that the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy brought out on the 25th of July stipulating hard budgeting restrictions per MW as well as a firm schedule for starting construction of plants. With capital costs coming just over $3 million per MW, the New Solar Mission might sound ambitious in the ears of international ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Utility-Scale Solar Plant Goes Online in Nevada

    BOULDER CITY, Nevada (ENS) - Nevada Solar One, the first concentrating solar power plant in Nevada went on line on Saturday. Covering 250 acres of desert in the El Dorado Valley near Boulder City, this 64 megawatt concentrating solar plant is the first modern utility-scale solar electric power plant in the United States. It is the largest solar electric power plant to be built ...

  • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Market

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) slipped from an all-time high in production of 885 GWh in 2008 to 862 GWh in 2009. New capacity becoming operational in 2010 pushed production to 1121 GWh and an estimated 1475 GWh in 2011. The wholesale value from this technology, also known as Solar Thermal power, generated $68 USD million in 2008, $102 million in 2009, to $362 million in 2010. 2011 sales should ...


  • NREL quantifies significant value in concentrating solar power

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have calibrated the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid. The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator ...

  • New opportunities for the Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Industry

    CSP project environmental approval and CSP-PV mix signifies even more potential for the concentrated solar thermal power industry to grow in the US 03 April, London With the recent approval of Solar Reserve’s 200-megawatt, two-tower Saguache Solar Energy Project comes a sense of excitement for not only Solar Reserve, but the industry as a whole.  As Solana, Ivanpah, Cresecent ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Concentrated Solar Power’s question of scale: Why bigger is not better

    In a bid to identify the tipping point between scale and cost efficiency, the latest report from CSP Today, ‘CSP Parabolic Trough Report: Costs and Performance’, challenges the conventional wisdom on scale and ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • The impacts of large-scale Concentrated Solar Power on the local environment

    Construction of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants – electricity generation which concentrates sunlight to generate heat – can have a range of negative effects on wildlife, but these effects are short lived, new research has found. Once in use, CSP plants can even have some positive effects, reducing soil erosion, for instance. CSP uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight ...

  • U.S. utility-scale solar 60 percent towards cost-competition goal

    The Energy Department announced today that the U.S. solar industry is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity – only three years into the Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative. To help continue this progress, the Energy Department also announced today $25 million in funding to strengthen U.S. solar ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • The People’s Republic of China to Demonstrate First-of-its-kind Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Plant

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping the People’s Republic of China (PRC) build a first-of-its-kind, large-scale concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plant in the northwestern province of Qinghai to produce clean energy and cut carbon emissions. “This pioneering project will demonstrate how the PRC could leverage its indigenous solar resources to diversify its energy mix in a ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Mitsubishi Corp Enters Concentrated Solar Power Generation Business in Spain

    Mitsubishi Corporation ("MC") has acquired a share in Concentrated Solar Power ("CSP") generation plants (4 plants with total of 200 MW in capacity) and become the first Japanese company to own CSP plants under commercial operational stage. All the four plants, until MC's acquisition, are held by Acciona, which is the world's largest independent (non-utility) renewable energy developer and owner. ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Concentrated solar power with thermal energy storage can help utilities’ bottom line, study shows

    The storage capacity of concentrating solar power (CSP) can add significant value to a utility company’s optimal mix of energy sources, a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests. The report found that CSP with a six-hour storage capacity can lower peak net loads when the sun isn’t shining, enough to add $35.80 per ...

  • Leading Supplier of Utility-scale Solar Solutions Soitec to Exhibit at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

      Soitec will exhibit its high-efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solutions in the French pavilion (booth #8503) at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013, coming January 15-17 to the National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Soitec commits to provide the Middle East with a full range of CPV solutions ranging from ...


    By Soitec

  • Abengoa Solar partners with Total and Masdar to build, own and operate the first large scale Solar Power Plant in the Middle East

    Masdar, Abu Dhabi / Sevilla, Spain., June 9, 2010. The Shams -1 concentrating solar power plant, with 100 megawatts of power output capacity, will be operational in 2012. Abengoa Solar and Total will own and operate the Shams-1 project in a joint venture with Shams -1 concentrating solar power plant, with 100 megawatts of power output capacity, will be operational in 2012. Abengoa Solar and Total ...


    By Abengoa Solar

  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Supply Critical Hardware for Concentrated Solar Power Towers for Clean, Reliable Electricity

    Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has received a contract from SolarReserve to supply critical hardware for its first commercial-scale power tower project with fully integrated energy storage.  The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, to be built near Tonopah, Nevada, will use molten salt thermal energy storage technology to provide clean, reliable electricity to ...


  • SRP, ASU Partner on 1-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

      MESA, Ariz., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona State University (ASU) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced an agreement to build a 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at ASU's Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz. The ...


    By SunPower Corporation

  • ReportsnReports - Concentrating Solar: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011-2017

    Concentrating Solar: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011-2017   WinterGreen Research announces the following study:  Concdentrating Solar: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2011-2017. Concentrating solar is poised to become the largest of three ...


  • US$3bn solar power deal signed by California utility

    Pacific Gas & Electric has struck a deal to buy as much as 900 megawatts of electricity. It will be enough to power 540,000 California homes each year, and involve the construction of five solar power plants during the next decade. The company to build the solar-thermal power plants in the Mojave Desert is BrightSource Energy. “From what I know, this is the biggest commitment ever in the ...

  • Solar power is cheaper than nuclear

    The Holy Grail of the solar industry - reaching grid parity - may no longer be a distant dream. Solar may have already reached that point, at least when compared to nuclear power, according to a new study by two researchers at Duke University. It's no secret that the cost of producing photovoltaic ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Solar power for the poor: facts and figures

    Solar power could help alleviate rural poverty. David J. Grimshaw and Sian Lewis shine a light on its progress, potential and pitfalls. Increasing access to energy is critical to ensuring socioeconomic development in the world's poorest countries. An estimated 1.5 billion people in developing countries have no access to electricity, with more than 80 per cent of these living in sub-Saharan ...


    By SciDev.Net

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