Will Molten Salt Outdo Batteries for Grid-Tied Storage?

By Jason Deign for Greentechmedia Thermal storage hasn’t garnered the level of industry attention lately as battery storage, which is experiencing quickly falling prices and rising deployments. But thermal storage, and molten salt in particular, actually exceeds the capacity of battery storage in operation so far, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. […]

New Fractal CSP Receivers Absorb Sunlight Better

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20 percent more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology. The receivers were designed and studied as part of a Laboratory Directed Research and Development project and are also being applied to Sandia’s […]

Ghana to Tap its Abundant Solar Thermal Energy Potential

ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE ), has began processes to help Ghana exploit the abundant solar thermal energy potential for domestic and industrial use. Ghana’s geographic location around the equatorial sun-belt provides strategic advantage to exploit the abundant solar energy resources to fix its energy needs. The exploitation and installation of […]

New Chance for US CSP? California Outlaws Gas-Fired Peaker Plants

Senate Bill 338, which mandates that utilities come up with non-gas generation options to meet peak demand, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. California has put its utilities on notice: When you’re putting together your next integrated resource plans, you’d better have non-gas generating options for meeting peak demand. That’s what Governor Jerry […]

Solar Thermal Molten Salt Storage Among Bids into Queensland Storage Tender

Australia has some of the highest readings in the world for Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) the solar radiation used in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST). The Queensland government has received 115 proposals from 79 different firms for its recently launched tender for the “Renewables 400” program. Among them are dispatchable concentrated solar thermal (D-CST) proposals with […]

New Solar Collector Design Aims to Bring CSP Costs to Record Lows

. DOE-backed startup Skysun aims to do away with fiddly motors and support structures By Jason Deign for Greentechmedia Just when it looked like concentrated solar power (CSP) couldn’t get cheaper, a U.S.-based startup says it’s found a way of cutting heliostat costs by a third. Skysun, of Bay Village, Ohio, is aiming to achieve the […]

Dispatchable Solar CSP Broke Price Records in 2017

Dispatchable solar; the kind of solar that can operate on demand at any time day or night saw prices tumble to astonishing new lows in 2017. From a starting point of 31 cents per kWh in 2006 – this year, four new bids broke low price records culminating in 6 cents. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), also […]

ACWA Power / Shanghai Power Win Dubai Solar Auction with 7.3 Cents CSP

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Power have been selected as the winners in the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) competitive auction, for the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant at 700 MW. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, hailed the launch of the world’s largest plant, a […]

China’s Shouhang and CNLNPC to Invest $2.3 Billion (USD) in CSP

CSP Plaza is reporting: Beijing Shouhang IHW Resources Saving Technology Co., Ltd. just signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement on Jointly Developing CSP Business with CNNP Liaoning Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (CNLNPC). In the announcement posted late night the same day the agreement is signed, Shouhang cites to establish a joint venture with CNLNPC, through which the two […]

China Releases Shortlist for 1st 20 Demo CSP Projects

On September 14th, the National Energy Administration officially released the “Chinese 1 GW Demonstration Project Short List”, with total installed capacity of 1GW, including 9 tower plants, 7 parabolic trough plants and 4 Fresnel plants. a total of 20 projects in the short list of the first batch of China CSP demonstration projects. Very tight […]

SunShot Focuses $62 Million on CSP Cost Reduction

Energy Department Announces Achievement of SunShot Goal, New Focus for Solar Energy Office WASHINGTON, D.C. – In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new research today that shows the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Largely due to rapid […]

SunShot to Fund Solar Thermal Desalination Research

Subprogram: Concentrating Solar Power Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001821 The SunShot Initiative intends to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for solar desalination technology, which supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early- stage technologies that can significantly reduce the costs of desalination powered by solar thermal energy. Rather than utilizing high-value electricity as an energy input, solar thermal desalination […]

Nearly 1 Million in South Africa Now Powered by Abengoa CSP

By Roger Lilley for EE Publishers. With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. It is especially puzzling since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that […]

SolarPACES Lifetime Award Winner Arnold Goldman has passed away

The 2010 SolarPACES Lifetime Award Winner Arnold Goldman passed away earlier this week. From SolarPACES we would like to express our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. May 31, 2017 The solar industry lost a beloved innovator this week with the passing of Arnold Goldman, founder of BrightSource Energy and Luz International. More than thirty years ago, Mr. […]

Spain loses international arbitration over cuts to renewable subsidies

On Friday 5 May, The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has condemned the Kingdom of Spain to pay €128 million to Eiser Infrastructure Limited and its affiliate Energia Solar Luxembourg due to the reforms undertaken by the Spanish Government affecting the renewable sector. The Spanish Energy Ministry is considering an appeal […]

SFERA II: Call for FREE Access to Research Infrastructure

All the most important European concentrated solar energy R&D infrastructures are participating in the ‘Solar Facilities for the European Research Area Second Phase (SFERA II)’ Project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program ‘Capacities‘, Specific Program ‘Research Infrastructures’. Since one of the goals of this project concerns trans-national access, the most relevant European R&D infrastructures […]

China released Feed-in Tariff for CSP Demonstration Projects

On September 1, 2016,China National Development and Reform Commission issued the notice of feed-in tariff policy for CSP plant. According to the document, the feed-in tariff for the solar thermal power demonstration projects is ¥1.15/kWh. The notice pointed out that the above price is only applicable to the first batch of demonstration projects organized and […]

China announces the first group of CSP demonstration projects

September 13th, National Energy Administration issued a notice on the construction of concentrating solar power generation demonstration projects, up to 20 projects were included in this first demonstration project list and the status showed that the capacity was around 1.35GW . There are 9 tower projects, 7 parabolic trough projects and four Fresnel project, no […]

Solar Thermal Electricity Global Outlook 2016

The Solar Thermal Electricity Global Outlook 2016 report is released by Greenpeace International, SolarPACES and ESTELA (European Solar Thermal Electricity Association) and shows that solar thermal electricity (STE) could supply as much as 12 percent of the world’s power needs by 2050. It also shows how STE could create millions of jobs. The report modelled several […]

Nampower issues tender and procurement for CSP

1) Techno-economic Consultant to assist NamPower with the feasibility of CSP plants in NamPower. The funding for the Techno-economic Consultant will be financed by Sustainability 4All thought the EIB. The Procurement notice has been published on the EIB website and NamPower website. http://www.nampower.com.na/Tenders.aspx Short description of procurement notice: NamPower, the national power utility of Namibia, has embarked […]

The Stellio Consortium awarded with the 2015 Technology Innovation Award

On the closing day of the SolarPACES 2015 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the Stellio Consortium, comprising schlaich bergermann partner sbp sonne, Ingemetal Solar and Masermic Mechatronics, received the SolarPACES 2015 Technology Innovation Award for the development of the Stellio Heliostat. Click here for further information on the SolarPACES awards

Solar thermal power technology R&D and system demonstration in China (2)

Participants: Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Xi’an Jiaotong University; Sun Yat-Sen University; Dongguan University of Technology; Hohai University; China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd; Himin Solar […]

Solar thermal power technology R&D and system demonstration in China

Dahan solar tower power demo plant Participants: Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Xi’an Jiaotong University; Sun Yat-Sen University; Dongguan University of Technology; Hohai University; China […]