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.
PV is revolutionary. Its cost-effective simplicity is why it is completely changing the 21st century grid.
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.
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 sense. But that has changed, because the grid has changed. […]