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CSP: Still small but learning fast

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:25

Concentrating solar power had a difficult market start compared to other renewable technologies, leading to a total global capacity of only 5 GW today after more than a decade of deployment. A comprehensive global empirical study identifies distinct deployment phases, with high learning rates exceeding 25% over the past 5 years. Read the full article: http://rdcu.be/tpRp

 

Source: Nature Energy

Investment in renewable energy still lacking in 17 countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

 

The 17 UNECE countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia represented only 0.2% or USD 0.4 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2015. despite comprising over 300 million inhabitants and representing 4.9% of the world's GDP Attracting investment represents a major challenge in these countries, even with numerous advanced support schemes and policies for renewable energy present.

 

These are two of the main findings of the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2017, produced in partnership with the UNECE and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), and in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

 

The report provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities in the region. It draws on information from national and regional sources to present the most up-to-date summary of sustainable energy in:

 

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

 

The report was launched 12 June, 2017 at the Ministerial Conference and the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana/Kazakhstan.

 

It is available at www.ren21.net (http://www.ren21.net/status-of-renewables/regional-status-reports/) and linked from http://www.unece.org/energy/se/gere.html.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) issued on 15 January 2017 a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a 200MW CSP plant, the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The lowest bid has come in at 9.45 US cents/kWh. The three other bids ranged from 10.58 cents to 17.35 cents. DEWA will now review the submissions in order to determine the project winner.

 

Source: http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/20170605/dubai-set-for-worlds-cheapest-night-time-solar-power

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.

 

http://www.brightsourceenergy.com/company-statement-on-the-passing-of-brightsource-energy-founder-arnold-goldman#.WS_d0OvyiUm

 

 

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at  1 pm (UTC -4, Chilean local time)

 

Chile imports most of the energy it uses. This constitutes a historic anomaly, as Chile has the best solar energy resources available on the planet. Moving forward, Chile is in a unique position to lead the growth of the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry thanks to its abundance of the main resources requerid for this technology.

 

CORFO has teamed up with ATA Insights to offer you a webinar to analyze the opportunities and challenges of a Solar Energy Program with the goal of reaching US $50 MWh by 2025, allowing CSP  to become the primary reliable and affordable technology of the Chilean energy mix.

  • Analyze Chile´s competitive advantages to position itself as the leader in the global CSP market
  • Understand how CSP development will positively impact the growth of the industry in Chile, both at the local and international level
  • Hear from experts about what the key technology and financial improvements required to reach the 50 US$/MWh goal are, including actions in the solar field, hybrid approaches and new molten salts with lithium for thermal storage.

 

More information: http://www.programaenergiasolar.cl/webinar-target-csp-at-us50mwh-by-2025/

 

 

  • The training programme is designed to cover five strategic areas in the field of Concentrating Solar Thermal technologies and will be provided by international experts.
  • Public: This course is designed for graduate students (Masters and PhDs). This is also open to professionals from CSP companies and any interested stakeholders willing to acquire strategic knowledge in the field.
  • Dates: 5 days –16-20 October 2017
  • Location: University of Seville, Spain
  • Registration deadline: 15 September 2017 (contact us for more information)
  • Registration fees: None – Each participant pays for its own travel, accommodation and food

 

Click here for more information

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 curve.
 

The modeling tool was initially developed at Aachen University, in response to a request from the German Academy of Sciences, to see which flexibility options would be best suited to cover residual load in a system with a very high share of intermittent generation.



Given Germany's low DNI, 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) with Thermal Energy Storage (CSP-TES) will be an essential component.


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