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 Read More …

US DOE Funds Terrafore’s Phase Change Energy Storage Test

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released funding to the Argonne National Laboratory for a scaled-up round of independent testing of Terrafore Technologies’ innovative encapsulated thermal energy storage in phase change salts, designed to operate in temperatures to greater than 800°C in a single tank that acts as both storage and heat exchanger.

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CSP Doesn’t Compete With PV – it Competes with Gas

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) used in a solar thermal power plant is often portrayed as being in competition with solar PV, but in practice it really competes with the other thermal power plants like natural gas and coal. Here’s why: Read More …

CSP to be Essential by 2050 …for Germany?

Given Germany’s lack of desert sun, it might seem improbable that thermal solar would be a key component of its low-carbon grid planning under its Energiewende (energy transition). But several papers published in 2016 found that concentrated solar power (CSP) will be essential. Read More …

Why We’ll Need CSP’s Solar Thermal Energy Next

What if we could switch on the energy of the sun like turning on a tap? Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is the form of solar that can be switched on when it’s needed. Read More …

LCOE is an Outdated Metric for a Solar Grid

The electric grid has changed since 1917. So should our way to evaluate what’s on it. For nearly all of its first century, all electricity was baseload.To compare costs between these various forms of baseload generation, a common metric, LCOE (levelized cost of electricity) made Read More …

SolarPACES to Optimize Chile’s Clean Energy Grid

Chile will be next to benefit from an analysis; developed in Germany, of optimal clean energy grid options A new computational tool will be used by international researchers at SolarPACES to calculate the best technology mix of generation resources to most cost-effectively cover Chile’s load Read More …