Luis Crespo: «The concentrated solar power plants will replace the combined cycles as backup technology to guarantee the electricity supply». For the president of Estela and Protermosolar, the combination of renewable renewable energy (wind, etc.) with thermosolar allows a mix of 100% renewable generation at a competitive cost.
Luis Crespo, president of ESTELA and Protermosolar, participated in the inaugural session of the 23rd edition of the International Congress of SolarPACES, held until September 29 in Santiago de Chile. In his speech, Crespo said that «thermosolar power plants will replace combined cycles as back-up technology to guarantee electricity supply at any time of the day. In addition, the combination of renewable fluids, such as wind and photovoltaics, with manageable renewables, such as thermosolar, allows reaching a mix of 100 percent renewable electricity generation at a very competitive generation cost.
Luis Crespo has set an example of the latest award of 700 MW solar thermal in Dubai, a bid that has set a new record for lowering production prices for this technology, reaching 6 c € / kWh, «which undoubtedly positions the solar thermal as the cheapest renewable technology (after the existing large hydraulics) to meet the demand for electricity at any time of day or night, contributing also to the stability of the networks, «said the president of Protermosolar.
Before an audience of more than 500 participants, Luis Crespo has assured that «the solar thermal plants will experience a huge commercial impulse for the reduction of production costs that are being experienced today and that will continue in the same line as it grows the market volume «. Thanks to this cost reduction, «there are no longer any price excuses to postpone a 100% renewable generation mix, with an adequate combination of all technologies in which the percentage of power plants with storage is very relevant,» continued Crespo.
In his address, the president of ESTELA stressed that «solar thermal power plants are presented as an option not only technically necessary but also as a very convenient option for the countries’ economy, since their high local content provides immediate returns in terms of employment and wealth generation, as well as, in many cases, economic convergence for the sunniest regions that are not usually the most industrialized. «
The SolarPACES Conference is the largest global event on solar thermal technology and brings together leading international experts in concentrated or solar thermal solar power. It has a program of scientific conferences that accommodate the latest advances in R & D, technological developments and commercialization of technology. This 23rd edition is celebrated from September 26 to 29 in Santiago de Chile.
Protermosolar is the association that represents the Spanish sector of the thermoelectric solar industry and is made up of 50 members. Solar thermal technology, in which Spain is an international leader, has recently burst into the world of renewable energies and currently has great growth potential due to its manageability and storage capacity, due to its high job creation local and for its potential to reduce costs. The installed capacity in Spain is of 2,300 MW and the contribution of the Spanish companies in the international markets is around 75%.