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Concentrated Solar Power is expected to grow 87% until 2023

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is expected to grow 87% (4.3 GW) over the forecast period, 32% more than in 2012‑17. China leads at 1.9 GW, followed by 1 GW from Concentrated Solar Power projects receiving multilateral development bank support in Morocco and South Africa, 1 GW in the Middle East, and 300 MW each [...]

Materials for GEN3 Concentrated Solar Power plants

Turning sunlight into electricity is done in more ways than the common rooftop photovoltaic panel. For instance, concentrating solar power (CSP) technology focuses sunlight on a receiver and converts that into thermal energy, which can drive a turbine and thereby generate electricity. A research program at Idaho National Laboratory [...]

NREL R&D Funding Will Fuel New Concentrated Solar Power Research

With seven new projects, NREL will elevate research in concentrating solar power (CSP). The projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) through a National Laboratory call for proposals. NREL's CSP work is part of the Department of Energy's CSP program, which supports early-stage [...]

The 150 MW Noor Ouarzazate III concentrated solar tower power plant with storage system accomplished the first synchronization

SENER is about to start the final tests at Noor Ouarzazate III, after completing, last August, the first synchronization of the 150 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant to the Moroccan grid. With these milestones, SENER starts the last phase before the plant’s commercial operation and final delivery to [...]

Durability Studies of Solar Reflectors Used in Concentrated Solar Power Technologies

Alejandro García-Segura 1,* , Aránzazu Fernández-García 1 , Francisco Buendía-Martínez 1 , María Jesús Ariza 2 , Florian Sutter 3 and Loreto Valenzuela 1 1 CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almería, Ctra. Senés, 04200 Tabernas, Almería, Spain 2 Applied Physics Department, Almería University, CITE II-A Building, 04120 La Cañada de San Urbano, [...]

Current status of concentrated solar power (CSP) globally

According to CSP Today Global Tracker, October 3, 2016, of the 17 commercial-scale projects that are currently being built in the world, 15 include TES (Thermal Storage Systems). It is estimated that some 13 GWh of thermal energy storage (TES), based almost exclusively on molten salts, was operational in relation [...]

Concentrated solar power will help China cut costs of climate action, study finds

Solar thermal energy turns out to be the key to China meeting its climate commitments. A new study investigates the best combination of renewables for providing the lowest cost to power system operators in two of China’s provinces best suited to scale up renewable energy. China’s power systems operators must [...]

Europe Concentrated Solar Power players target post-2020 openings as scale slices costs

Accelerated grid expansions, capacity markets and learnings from large Middle East projects could rejuvenate the Spanish CSP market and see European capacity far outstrip recent forecasts of 5 GW by 2030, industry experts told New Energy Update. Europe’s installed CSP capacity is predicted to rise from 2.3 GW at [...]

China Shouhang Dunhuang 100 MW molten salt Solar Tower CSP Plant completed its civil work

Recently, civil work of Shouhang Dunhuang 2nd phase of 100MW molten salt CSP tower project was successfully completed and entered the installation process. Project database: Shouhang Dunhuang 100MW Molten Salt Tower CSP Project   The CSP Plant started its preliminary work in 2014. The foundation stone laying ceremony was held [...]

15 GW Concentrated Solar Power projects to compete for China 2nd batch pilot projects

As CSP Focus reported earlier, 111 CSP projects with total capacity of 9GW took part in the application of the 1st batch of 1.349GW China 20 CSP pilot projects in September 2016. Till now, 15 months have passed, China official National Energy Administration indicated that according to the construction [...]

The concentrated solar power is the renewable alternative that can be managed for the energy transition

Solar thermal power plants already offer below 6 cents per kWh.  CSP Today, with the collaboration of Protermosolar and ESTELA, organizes the XI International Summit of Thermoelectric Solar Concentration, an event of the concentrated solar power sector, which takes place in Seville today and tomorrow. The president of Protermosolar and [...]

Path to Competitive Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Researchers at national labs and companies are exploring ways to make concentrated solar power more efficient and affordable, all of which require turning up the heat. A 200-foot tower stands centered in front of a field of rotating mirrors on the southern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s the [...]

Desert concentrated solar power to fuel centuries of air travel

Researchers demonstrate the full process showing how solar thermal energy can split H2O and CO2 to make jet fuel. Scientists with the SOLAR-JET Project have demonstrated the first-ever entire process to make kerosene, the jet fuel used by commercial airlines, using a high-temperature thermal solar reactor to create syngas. [...]