NREL finds up to six-cent per kilowatt-hour extra value with concentrated solar power

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects would add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California where 33 percent renewables will be mandated in six years, a new report by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found. The report, "Estimating the [...]

Techno-economic performances of future concentrated solar power plants in Australia

The prediction of the techno-economic performances of future concentrated solar power (CSP) solar tower (ST) with thermal energy storage (TES) plants is challenging. Nevertheless, this information is fundamental to energy policymakers. This work aims to fill the knowledge gap regarding estimations of costs, amount, and quality of electricity produced by [...]

DOE concentrated solar power research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded nearly $40 million to 40 projects that are advancing the next generation of solar, storage, and industrial technologies necessary for achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s climate goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. Specifically, the projects will reduce the cost of solar technologies [...]

World record low bid of 39,99/MWh for Concentrated Solar Power in Chile’s auction

The renewable energy auction held this week by the Chilean National Energy Commission (CNE) has not only seen the lowest bid ever recorded for a large scale PV project in Latin America – $0.01332/kWh – but has also delivered a bid of $0.0399/kWh for a concentrated solar power (CSP) project, [...]

Con­cen­trat­ed so­lar pow­er pro­duces heat, elec­tric­i­ty and fu­el

  A DLR short study on solar thermal power plants summarises the current technological status, requirements and possibilities. Solar thermal power plants open the way for the production of controllable energy from renewable sources. The technology is about to be rolled out and has enormous potential. DLR has many years [...]

Researchers Explore Coating for Tanks Holding Molten Salts

The next-generation of concentrated solar power plants will require high-temperature fluids, such as molten salts in the range of 550 to 750°C, to store heat and generate electricity. At those temperatures, however, molten salts eat away at common alloys used in heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of so-called concentrating [...]

The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia

M. H. Baig,1 D. Surovtseva,2 and E. Halawa1 1Centre for Renewable Energy, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia 2School of Engineering and IT (SEIT), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia Academic Editor: Santanu Bandyopadhyay The [...]

Botswana is Now Looking for Bids to Build 200 MW of Concentrated Solar Power

Under a new integrated resource plan published by the government in December 2020, Botswana plans to build 200 MW of CSP capacity by 2026. The procurement process will start this year, it said. The plan, which received the backing of Botswana and Namibia government officials and the World Bank, proposed [...]

Botswana Launches PV and Concentrated Solar Power Generation Plan

Government has developed a plan for reliable, safe and affordable electricity supply in Botswana. Launching the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) on December 15, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Mr Lefoko Moagi said the intension was to achieve an energy generation mix of at least 15 [...]

High Temparature concentrated solar power plan with particle receiver and direct thermal storage

Clean solar energy with storage can help Europe reduce emissions and deliver a secure and cost-effective electricity supply. EU-funded research suggests that fluidised crystal particles trump molten salts as the heat transfer and storage medium. © Gilles Flamant Current state of the art concentrated solar power (CSP) plants use central [...]

TSK sells its La Africana concentrated solar power plant to the Q-Energy fund

TSK has agreed to sell its solar power plants in operation in Spain to Q-Energy, Qualitas Equity's renewable asset fund manager. The company chaired by Sabino García Vallina has thus transferred a part of its subsidiary Esersa, for which a year ago it explored the possibility of going public. Specifically, [...]

Is Concentrated Solar Power a Trillion Dollar Opportunity?

Solar thermal can produce clean heat to run processes that cause a third of global carbon emissions. In this article, I argue that a $1 Trillion pot of gold may await the right solutions. Due to costs and other barriers, solar thermal's present footprint on the global energy production [...]

Why invest in Concentrating Solar Power?

Why is Bill Gates backing a CSP company?  What is oil major ENI doing with a CSP start-up? Why has Zurich airport agreed to purchase aviation fuel from a CSP company? Why are investors purchasing operating CSP plants? Many investors have written-off CSP in favour of investments PV and wind. [...]

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