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About Jose Santamarta

José Santamarta studied Philosophy, Economics and Business Administration. A pioneer of the environmental movement, he was president of the Commission for the Amazon, vice president of the European Working Group on Amazonia, a member of the board of the CBED (Coordinating Body for Environmental Defence), representative of the Climate Action Network and the World Watch Institute in Spain and served on the board of the ANPED. He worked as a consultant and in several government bodies, such as the Community of Madrid and the IDAE (Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy), and was advisor to the Ministry of Environment. Editor of several publications, he was director of World Watch and Gaia magazines. He has published books on economics, environment and energy.

Australia has big concentrated solar power future despite collapse of $650 million project

Australia still has a promising solar thermal technology future despite a major Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in South Australia failing because of financing issues. Energy expert Simon Currie says the emerging CSP industry can overcome the collapse of SolarReserve’s $650 million Aurora project near Port Augusta. Solar thermal technology [...]

China to lead global concentrated solar power market by 2030

The global CSP capacity is estimated to increase significantly from 5.6 gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to 22.4 GW in 2030 following significant capacity additions by China, Chile and countries in Middle East North Africa (MENA) region according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.   The company's latest report [...]

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant is in Dubai

With the inevitable depletion of traditional fuel sources, many nations are now spending time, money and effort into the development of alternative and renewable energy sources, and Dubai seems to be ahead of the game. Dubai has started construction on what is to be the largest concentrated solar power [...]

Delingha 50 MW Tower Concentrated Solar Power Plant Reached Full-load Operation

At 14:19, April 17th,2019, SUPCON SOLAR Delingha 50MW Tower CSP Plant reached full-load operation. Records show the major indicators of the system has exceeded their design parameters: The molten salt at the outlet of the receiver reached 566℃ and steam pressure reached 13.3MPa. The turbine generator output power reached [...]

Negev Energy to build a 121 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in Israel

Negev Energy is building a 121 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in the Negev Desert of Israel near Ashalim Village. It is based on parabolic through technology. The plant is leveraged by a molten salt storage system which enables it to store and provide additional 4.5 hours in full capacity [...]

SolarReserve to sell Aurora Concentrated Solar Power after failing to secure finance

SolarReserve is to sell its 150 MW Aurora CSP project near Port Augusta in South Australia after failing to secure financing for the project, the government of South Australia said in a statement April 5. The AU$650-million ($465-million) Aurora project was based on SolarReserve’s CSP tower technology and include eight [...]

US researchers achieve world’s highest temperature sCO2 turbine

Engineers at General Electric and the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) have designed, built and tested the world's highest-temperature supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) turbine, boosting the prospect of greater CSP plant efficiency, SWRI said in a statement April 8. The new high-temperature supercritical carbon dioxide turbine could achieve 50% thermal efficiency [...]

Dubai Concentrated Solar Power technology inventions accelerate industry cost reductions

Supplier innovations at the 950 MW Noor Energy 1 Concentrated Solar Power project will increase construction and operations efficiency and propel the CSP industry closer to $50/MWh, industry experts told the Mena New Energy 2019 conference. Last month, the Dubai Electricity Water Authority (DEWA), Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and China's [...]

Energy storage, renewables and markets

The fact that all new power plants in Spain are expected to be renewable, added to the progressive closure of existing conventional power plants, prompts us to reflect upon the kind of market model that will enable the transition towards a low carbon energy system. This poses two fundamental questions. [...]

Dubai 950 MW Concentrated Solar Power +PV Noor Energy 1 breaks 8 world records

Noor Energy 1, the 950MW CSP+PV solar power project in Dubai, is now absolutely a shining star in global solar thermal power industry as it broke a dozen of world records in solar CSP history. 8 of the world records for CSP industry made by Noor Energy 1 World [...]

The Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant was officially inaugurated in South Africa

The Kathu Solar Park constructed as an EPC project by ACCIONA and the engineering and technology group SENER, was officially inaugurated in the Northern Cape Region, in South Africa. The opening ceremony was hosted by the Northern Cape's Premier, Sylvia Lucas. From ACCIONA, it was present the Managing Director [...]

Study of Chile’s Concentrated Solar Power Potential for Domestic Manufacturing

A study commissioned by the Chilean government and presented before the SolarPACES Conference in Morocco makes data available to potential participants in a Chilean CSP industry. The study, Local Content in CSP:CST Projects- Assessment of the Chilean Industry is designed to put together useful information for both international CSP developers [...]

Israel’s Megalim concentrated solar power plant starts operations

The Megalim solar thermal power plant, a joint venture of BrightSource, GE Renewable Energy and the Noy Fund, said on Wednesday it has begun commercial operation in Israel’s Negev desert. The 3 billion shekel ($839 million) concentrated solar power project was announced in 2008 and construction began at the [...]