China’s first batch of 20 CSP tower, parabolic trough and fresnel plants will be concentrated in the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu and Xinjiang in Western China and Hebei and Inner Mongolia. Sweden’s Cleanergy and China’s Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies are planning to build 200 MW of Stirling CSP capacity after the firms executed a technology agreement set out earlier this year, Cleanergy said in a statement June 14.

In April, Cleanergy and Datang agreed to jointly manufacture, develop and install Cleanergy’s Stirling CSP technology. Datang has now paid Cleanergy a commitment fee of RMB 5 million (SEK 6.4 million) and the partners will now go ahead with the construction of a 50 MW CSP plants by 2018 followed by a 150 MW plant including energy storage, Cleanergy said.

Under the plan, Cleanergy would become the first CSP developer to install large-scale Stirling technology in China. China currently plans to build 1.3 GW of CSP capacity by 2018 in a first batch of 20 CSP projects which includes nine solar towers, seven parabolic trough plants and four Linear Fresnel plants. China is expected to follow the first deployment round with another wave of projects.

The 200 MW Cleanergy-Datang project has a potential value of around SEK 5 billion and Cleanergy would supply around half of this value, it said. Datang will secure Chinese government approvals and other financing.

Cleanergy and Datang are currently studying the full cost reduction potential of localizing production in China, starting with component sourcing and assembly of the dish concentrator, Cleanergy said.


                    Global CSP LCOE reduction potential by 2025
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Source: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), DLR (2016).


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