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Molten Salts CSP Plant

Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.

Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More

Saudi Arabia invests in CSP

Saudi Arabia invests in CSP

Renewable Energy Policy Design in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has big plans for Renewable Energy with a target of 9.5GW by 2023. The government intends to invest between $30 billion and $50 billion across 60 projects, with 1 GW of capacity earmarked for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), according to the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), established in February 2017 to implement the country’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).

Saudi Arabia aims to exceed its target to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy, to highlight its long-term commitment to green energy and to give investors a sense of comfort that the Kingdom has a long-term vision for renewable energy.

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New Solar Collector for CSP

New Solar Collector for CSP

Skysun’s ganged heliostats can achieve an average price point around $80/m2. That’s 33% lower than the lowest average cost for today’s conventional heliostats

A new solar collector could be a promising opting for concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

Startup Skysun developed the “ganged heliostats” that could help cut the cost of a CSP systems by – at least – 30%. Read More

CSP Heathens North Europe

CSP Heathens North Europe

Brønderslev, a Danish municipality with a population of 12,500, is setting up a multi-purpose renewable heat plant for their district heating network

It’s not gas, nor oil, its CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) that will heathen a small village in Denmark, North Europe, during the cold winters.

Denmark is a frontier for renewable energies and smart energy systems. Let’s have a look at the advantages of CSP for the region because normally we expect CSP in Southern parts of the world. Don’t we?

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Californian Desert supplies lots of energy

CSP Plant Mojave Desert by night

CSP Plant Mojave Desert by night (photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Have a look at this Solar Thermal Plant, located in the Mojave Desert at the California/Nevada border.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses 347,000 garage-door-sized mirrors to heat water that powers steam generators.

This CSP-plant is one of the clean energy facilities that helps produce 10% of California state’s electricity.

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World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.

That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are  creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.

With thanks to Livegat.com.

 

 

 

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Dubai Tender 200 MW CSP

CSP Concentrated Solar Power

Renewable energy is the power of the future and solar power just got a huge boost with new research that could see concentrated solar power (CSP) become much more efficient.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) announced a fresh tender for the iconic Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park just days after Dubai announced long-term renewable energy targets.

Media outlets recently reported that DEWA launched a 200 megawatt tender for a concentrated solar power project at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is the first time concentrated solar power technology will come up at the solar power park. Read More

Breakthrough in CPV Technology

Suncycle CPV hybrid and compact

its compact design means it can be used in different applications and installed in various locations including on rooftops. The Dutch Army is interested to use it at missions in the world.

This breakthrough in solar technology is the world’s first Concentrated Photovoltaic system (CPV) with a built-in tracking system. THE solar hybrid technology allows for higher system efficiency and less electricity costs. 

This unique technology has great potential to help meet global energy demand.

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India connects 360 MW solar to the grid

India connected 360 MW solar to the grid

Adani Group, the India-headquartered industry, has connected half of the solar power plant to the grid. Location: Tamil, India

Half of the largest solar park in India is now connected to the national grid. The plant is located near Kamuthi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

ABB announced that it commissioned five substations to connect the 648 MW solar park.

Of the total 648 MW of capacity, 360 MW is now connected to the grid. Read More

Renewable Energy for a Clean, Healthy World

Public anger, Shell is not too big to fall

Public anger: never too big to fall

At present, we don’t have to burn fossils fuels anymore. We have all these renewable energy resources that will supply more than enough energy for current and future energy demands. Read More

Iran builds solar power plant

Iran builds solar power plant

Students visit a solar power plant in Iran

Iran starts building a solar power plant in Hamadan. 

Germany’s ‘Planet In Green’ has been chosen for the 100 MW Solar Plant.

Germany will invest $2.9 billion in Hamedan over a 10-year period and each year, solar panels and other facilities which use solar power (including power plants). Read More

Coal producer Shenhua invests in sun

Coal producer Shenhua invests in sun

That molten salt can be used immediately to superheat water, or stored in insulated tanks to drive the thermal-power process during cloudy weather or at night.

Shenhua Group in China, the biggest coal producer in the world, and the American company SolarReserve intent to invest 2 billion dollars in concentrated solar power.

The aim is to realize 1GW of solar projects in China.

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CSP micro plant: perfect system, low costs

Aora's solar tulip CSP starts shining in Ethiopia, without water!

Aora’s solar tulip CSP starts shining in Ethiopia, without water!

Most people think that CSP (Concentrating Solar thermal Power) plants are large and expensive. But what about this?

The Micro-CSP technology from Aora Tulip has a lot of advantages.

This ‘micro technology’ is modular, hybrid, uses minimal water and is ‘cheap’. Read More

CSP Global Outlook 2016

CSP Global Outlook 2016

Solar Power would reduce global CO2 emissions by more than 37 billion tons
This corresponds to 4 years of CO2 emissions from China.
This is the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) and the normal PV could supply in 12 percent of the energy needs of the world in 2050. 

This report, shows how Solar Power could create millions of jobs. Read More

China’s goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

China's goal 2020: 10 GW CSP

Four big CSP plants will be realized gradually from 2018-2020, using the experiences of demonstration projects.

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) is growing in China. Before, China tested two small-scale CSP-plants in the operational phase.

Bloomberg: ‘China plans to more than triple solar power capacity by 2020 to as much as 143 gigawatts to help reduce carbon emissions’

Right now, China is building seven plants and again zeven in the near future.  Read More

Pretty small-scale plug and play CSP application

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CSP plug and play system

Electricity and heat dish with a Stirling engine

Microgen is providing Stirling engines to the Italian company Innova that the engine will use for two products:

  1. a dish that supplies 1 kWp power and 3 kWth heat, the so-called Trinum co-generator
  2. and Turbocaldo, which produces only 7.4 kWth heat at a temperature of 110 oC.

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Morocco: already 32% energy yield with the local integration CSP solar plant Noor1

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Ouarzazate solar plant will create enough electricity to power a million homes

Morocco – The installation of the Noor1, the giant CSP (Concentrated Solar Plant) will be completed in November 2015.

“The aim of local integration was 30%, but today we reached 32%,” revealed Carlos Ledesma, project director at Acciona Noor1, October 17 2015.

Noor 1, will go live next month.

Acciona (Spain), delivers the turnkey plant, one of the largest in the world. Read More

The Future Of Solar Energy by MIT

Energy storage and transport are the greatest challenges

Energy storage and transport are the greatest challenges

A few weeks ago, MIT published an interesting report about the future of solar energy. An important conclusion of the report is that solar energy in its various forms, is essential for our future.

Another important conclusion is that solar energy on a large scale, will develop best if governments ensure that there is a price attached to CO2 emissions. Read More

CSP: Green Cucumbers from the Sahara

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A Saltwater Greenhouse Grows Vegetables In Places Vegetables Won’t Grow

Cucumber may be a vegetable that thrives in hot weather, but growing in the Quatar Sahara?

The cucumber is a plant that is quite thirsty!

And, as you know, the Sahara desert is extreme dry. Read More

2014 record year for renewable energy

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Green power: Global investments reached USD 300 billion. A relatively large proportion of these billions has been done by emerging countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Honduras, Jordan and Uruguay.

According to the Global Status Report 2015 REN21, 2014 was a record year for investments in renewable energy.

Especially in Solar and Wind Energy.

The number of countries have set targets for green energy has risen to 164.  Read More

Investments CSP rocking

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Chile Promotes Non-Conventional Renewable Energies by giving the energy plant order to Abengoa for their Concentrated Power Plant

There are more and more stories of Concentrated Solar Plant (CSP) overruling fossils. The interest on investments in Concentrated Solar Power Plant are artificially high.

In 2014 Chile wrote a tender for a large energy plant. Both fossil and renewable players were invited to subscribe.

Abengoa – one of the largest providers of CSP plants – has won the tender with a combination of PV and CSP to 11.5 cents per kWh. The kWh price is still too high because banks are still asking ‘risk’ interests for the investments.  Read More

Small sized Concentrating Solar Power system from Israel

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Aura distributed CSP with solar tower technology

Aora Solar is exploring distributed Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) with solar tower technology.

The small, modular power station offers a new way of solar thermal technology to be supplied at the village level. Read More

Time for more Concentrated Solar Power Plants?

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) a cost-effective ingredient for powering the grid

The agreement of the G7, June 2015, involves a transformation of electricity generation towards renewables and nuclear by 2050.

Concentrated Solar Power is one of the answers for this transformation and get rid of fossil fuel by the end of the century. Read More