The deserts of Arizona and Rajasthan may be over 8,000Km apart but they are linked by the deployment of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Fresnel technology.
The common denominator is AREVA Solar, the technology supplier for a 5MW CSP booster installation on Tucson Electric Powers’s H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station and to Reliance Power’s new Indian plants.
AREVA Solar purchased California based Fresnel company Ausra in February 2010. Up to now Fresnel’s track record has been relatively small in scale with Puerto Herrado (Novatec Solar), a 30MW plant in Spain, being the biggest deployment.
The Reliance plants are taking this technology to never seen before scale by building two 125MW CSP Fresnel plants using the very same technology piloted at the small Arizona installation.
The Reliance plants in India which are in the commissioning phase were also partly funded by an Export-Import Bank loan guarantee as part of their initiative to fund projects where U.S. companies will be technology suppliers.
Exporting CSP technology is a growing trend for American companies; with Ivanpah developers BrightSource Energy sourcing projects in new markets such as China and South Africa. California based developer SolarReserve is also moving into the South American and Middle Eastern markets.
With a huge demand for renewable energy growing in emerging markets, U.S. companies with a track record in CSP are viewing this as the next big opportunity. For example, in September 2013 the Export-Import Bank sanctioned a $33.6 million loan so fluid supplier Dow Chemicals could supply developer Abengoa’s plants in Spain and South Africa.
The exporting opportunities for American made CSP technology will be discussed at CSP Today USA 2014 (5-6 June, Las Vegas). The Export-Import Bank, BrightSource Energy, Solar Reserve, AREVA Solar and Lauren Engineers & Constructors will be some of the key companies coming together to discuss strategies to promote the deployment of renewable energy technology in growing emerging markets.
AREVA Solar will be joined at the event by Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power to analyse the lessons learnt from the 5MW booster plant as part of a session on hybrid CSP applications. To find out more about this collaborative presentation and opportunities emerging to export American CSP visit: www.csptoday.com/usa