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Chilean President to visit Cosin Solar CSP project in China

October 23, 2023

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The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, together with his entourage and a delegation of businessmen from the energy sector, will visit the Chinese CSP plant with the highest production in the world, according to H2 News.

President Boric, accompanied by representatives of Cosin Solar, an international company that is part of the Asociación Concentración Solar de Potencia Chile (ACSP), will visit the first large-scale commercial molten salt tower in Delingha, the city where the company, then named Supcon Solar built the plant, which has been in full production since 2018. This plant’s power generation has exceeded designed generation (of 146 GWh annually), by exceeding more than 100% of the target each year, and thus setting the highest operating record among molten salt tower CSP plants worldwide.

This visit should help allay some of the concerns holding back CSP development in Chile as a result of the issues that caused some years of initial delays at Abengoa’s Cerro Dominado. The tower CSP project finally synchronized to the grid in 2021, managed by then by Cerro Dominador Group/EIG Global Energy Partners, which launched as Grupo Cerro in 2022. However, no further CSP bids have been awarded in Chile’s open-to-all-sources auctions, despite record-low prices. No renewables get any incentives or subsidies in Chile.

An interview on the effect of Cerro Dominado woes on supply chain development:

Study of Chile’s CSP Potential for Domestic Manufacturing

Two projects developed by Solarreserve:

A record-setting bid in 2017… that failed

SolarReserve Bids CSP Under 5 Cents in Chilean Auction

After Likana’s sale to Grupo Cerro…new hope

Rebirth of SolarReserve’s 450 MW Likana Brings CSP Supply Chain Hope for Chile

But Grupo Cerro’s bid also failed:

Why Likana’s 24-Hour Solar Bid under $34/MWh Lost in Chile

But next: bids are due by December 2023 in a potentially more attractive environment for CSP:

Chile’s 2023 auction will incentivize dispatchable CSP

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