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Balloons Test Environmental Safety of Advanced Solar Power Tower Tech

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories recently used 22-foot-wide tethered balloons to collect samples of airborne dust particles to ensure the safety of an emerging solar-power technology. The study determined that the dust created by the new technology is far below hazardous levels, said Cliff Ho, the lead researcher on the project. Ho’s team just received … Continue reading Balloons Test Environmental Safety of Advanced Solar Power Tower Tech

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Chile’s Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant synced with the grid

The 110-MW Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Chile has been successfully synchronised with the Chilean SEN grid system. The solar thermal plant will inject electricity into the grid in stages over the coming months. “Synchronization kicks off first phase. We then move on to the second phase, which is calibration of the … Continue reading Chile’s Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant synced with the grid

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Stanwell signs up to Vast Solar’s Mt Isa Concentrated Solar Power project

A novel plan for a 50 megawatt hybrid Concentrated Solar Power project in Mount Isa has got financial backing from Queensland government-owned energy giant Stanwell Energy. The $600 million project, proposed last year by thermal solar specialist Vast Solar, would mix a unique brand of concentrated thermal solar generation with solar PV, gas peaking and … Continue reading Stanwell signs up to Vast Solar’s Mt Isa Concentrated Solar Power project

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Concentrated Solar Power build pipeline must hit GWs to fend off Photovoltaic menace

A lack of supportive tenders is endangering the Concentrated Solar Power industry’s quest for lower costs and its leading position in overnight renewable power, a team of researchers told Reuters Events. As PV and battery costs continue to fall, CSP developers face increasing competition in the dispatchable power market. Only a handful of CSP projects … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power build pipeline must hit GWs to fend off Photovoltaic menace

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Renewable energy contributed 10% to SA’s grid in 2020

While coal still dominates the South African energy mix, the contribution from variable renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind and concentrated solar power (CSP), surpassed the contribution from nuclear energy for the first time in 2020. This is according to research conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), published … Continue reading Renewable energy contributed 10% to SA’s grid in 2020

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Prof. Valeriano Ruiz, co-founder of ESTELA and a pioneer of Concentrated Solar Power technology, has passed away

European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, ESTELA, is sorry to bear the sad news of the passing of Prof. Valeriano Ruiz, a co-founder of ESTELA in 2007 and its Vice-President until 2011 and a pioneer of solar thermal technology since the 1970s. Prof. Valeriano Ruiz, a co-founder of ESTELA in 2007 and its Vice-President until 2011, … Continue reading Prof. Valeriano Ruiz, co-founder of ESTELA and a pioneer of Concentrated Solar Power technology, has passed away

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ENGIE acquires 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

ENGIE (www.ENGIE-Africa.com) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance Company. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system that … Continue reading ENGIE acquires 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

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ESTELA welcomes the long-awaited auction for renewable energy for the period of 2020-2025 in Spain

As expected, the total volume of 3 GW to be awarded in this first auction in Spain is split into 1 GW of wind power and 2 GW of photovoltaic (PV). As this very first auction is a non-specific tender, neither storage, manageability of delivery with a specific quota reserved for Concentrated Solar Power were … Continue reading ESTELA welcomes the long-awaited auction for renewable energy for the period of 2020-2025 in Spain

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Making the sun shine at night: comparing the cost of dispatchable concentrated solar power and photovoltaics with storage

Sustainable electricity systems need renewable and dispatchable energy sources. Solar energy is an abundant source of renewable energy globally which is, though, by nature only available during the day, and especially in clear weather conditions. We compare three technology configurations able to provide dispatchable solar power at times without sunshine: Photovoltaics (PV) combined with battery … Continue reading Making the sun shine at night: comparing the cost of dispatchable concentrated solar power and photovoltaics with storage

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Refractaris proposes the new international standard for thermal insulation in concentrated solar power

The Andalusian company Refractaris, based in Montemayor, has proposed a new international standard for thermal insulation for concentrating solar power plants for study and approval. This standard will facilitate the minimum standardization required in thermal insulation of solar thermal power plants in the world and will strengthen their development possibilities in the coming years. The … Continue reading Refractaris proposes the new international standard for thermal insulation in concentrated solar power

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Concentrated solar power prepares its resurrection in Spain after seven years in fallow

Solar thermal was the emblem of the take-off of renewables in Andalusia and the great international commitment of companies such as Abengoa, Sener or TSK. The cut that the Government of Rajoy had to apply in the premiums of renewables in 2012 – when Spain was on the verge of the rescue – short-circuited its … Continue reading Concentrated solar power prepares its resurrection in Spain after seven years in fallow

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ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

ACWA Power, a leading developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants worldwide, announced Wednesday that its South African Bokpoort CSP plant has become the first renewable facility in the continent to complete a full week of continuous round the clock operation. Bokpoort CSP set the new African continental benchmark achieving 13 … Continue reading ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

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Protermosolar adds value to the Spanish concentrated solar power industry in China

The 10th CSP Focus, which takes place in China, brings together more than forty global speakers from the concentrated solar power sector with the aim of sharing information and promoting the expansion of the use of solar thermal energy.Gonzalo Martín, general secretary of Protermosolar, is one of the two Spaniards attending the congress. Spain is … Continue reading Protermosolar adds value to the Spanish concentrated solar power industry in China

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NREL and Acciona Solar Power Develop Technology To Reverse Costly Effects of Hydrogen Buildup in Concentrated Solar Power Receiver Fields

Since the mid-’80s, concentrating solar power (CSP) plants have generated clean energy to power our homes, schools, offices, and communities. Yet, one consistent challenge of CSP plants is hydrogen buildup, which can be costly to mitigate and reduces plant efficiency. NREL Senior Scientist Greg Glatzmaier has spent much of his career finding a solution. By … Continue reading NREL and Acciona Solar Power Develop Technology To Reverse Costly Effects of Hydrogen Buildup in Concentrated Solar Power Receiver Fields

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SUPCON SOLAR won the SolarPACES Technology Innovation Award 2020

On October 2, the 26th Solar Power & Chemical Energy Systems Conference (SolarPACES 2020) closed online. Worldwide experts, scholars, and representatives of well-known enterprises, as well as passionate followers, exchanged ideas of frontier Concentrated Solar Power technologies and envisioned new prospects of Concentrating Solar Power industry on this meeting. At the closing ceremony of the … Continue reading SUPCON SOLAR won the SolarPACES Technology Innovation Award 2020

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Protermosolar: The international Concentrated Solar Power sector recognizes the professional career of Luis Crespo with the Lifetime Award

The award has been presented at the inaugural session of the SolarPACES 2020 Conference.The Technology Centers and Spanish companies have also awarded the President of Protermosolar with a special award for his commitment to the sector and the achievements obtained. Luis Crespo, president of the Spanish Association for the Promotion of the Solar Thermal Industry … Continue reading Protermosolar: The international Concentrated Solar Power sector recognizes the professional career of Luis Crespo with the Lifetime Award

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Abengoa advances in the construction of the world’s largest concentrated solar power complex in Dubai

The company has just celebrated the completion of the first solar field of the three 200 MW parabolic trough plants which is building in phase IV of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, in the United Arab Emirates.Its construction has involved the installation and assembly of 2,120 collectors, each weighing 40 tons. … Continue reading Abengoa advances in the construction of the world’s largest concentrated solar power complex in Dubai

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How Spain’s Auction Can Achieve the 5 GW of Concentrated Solar Power it Wants

Spain’s National Energy and Climate Plan, the PNIEC (Plan Nacional de Industria, Energia y Clima) includes a desired 5 GW of Concentrated Solar Power added to its existing 2.3 GW, with 2.5 GW in a first tranche from 2021 to 2025 and a second 2.5 GW from 2026 to 2027. But what are the policies … Continue reading How Spain’s Auction Can Achieve the 5 GW of Concentrated Solar Power it Wants

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Sener sells three Concentrated Solar Power plants in Seville and Cádiz to the Qualitas fund

Q-Energy, the energy investment vehicle of Qualitas Equity (former Fotowatio investor), has bought from Sener and Masdar -subsidiary of Mubadala- the Concentrated Solar Power Torresol Energy Investments S.A. (“Torresol Energy”), owner of three solar thermal plants in Spain with a total capacity of 120 MW located in Seville and Cádiz. The transaction also includes the … Continue reading Sener sells three Concentrated Solar Power plants in Seville and Cádiz to the Qualitas fund

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