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China: 3,000 megawatts installed capacity in Concentrating Solar Power by 2015

China will have 3,000 megawatts of solar thermal power installed capacity by 2015, with the total market value reaching 45 billion yuan (7.15 billion U.S. dollars), according to a report released on Wednesday. Most parts of China are suitable for the development and use of solar energy, with 98 percent of the country’s territory recording … Continue reading China: 3,000 megawatts installed capacity in Concentrating Solar Power by 2015

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Tunisia Ready to Join Desertec

“Tunisia is ready to support DII (Desertec Industrial Initiative, the world’s most ambitious solar power initiative founded three years ago,) which will allow it to diversify its energy resources, increase fourfold its power production and become an important energy crossing point with the European Union,” said Mamia El Benna Zayani, Environment Minister who represented Tunisia … Continue reading Tunisia Ready to Join Desertec

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European nations negotiating solar-power pact with Morocco

Major European nations are negotiating with Morocco to build a large solar-power farm in the Sahara Desert, the German Economics Ministry said Wednesday, confirming a news report. The Sueddeutche Zeitung newspaper said a declaration of intent would be signed in November, though no date was set yet to build the pilot plant, which would cost … Continue reading European nations negotiating solar-power pact with Morocco

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South Africa Seeks New Bids for 3,200 Megawatts of Green Energy

The government is targeting 1,470 megawatts from onshore wind projects, 400 megawatts from concentrated solar power and 1,075 megawatts from solar photovoltaic projects, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said. A total of 1 470 MW had been allocated for onshore wind, 400 MW for CSP, 1 075 MW for solar PV projects, 47.5 MW for biomass, … Continue reading South Africa Seeks New Bids for 3,200 Megawatts of Green Energy

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Siemens to focus its renewable energy activities on wind energy and hydro power

Siemens is holding talks with potential buyers of its solar thermal energy and photovoltaics units, the Munich-based company said in a statement today. “Due to the changed framework conditions, lower growth and strong price pressure in the solar markets, the company’s expectations for its solar energy activities have not been met,” Siemens said in the … Continue reading Siemens to focus its renewable energy activities on wind energy and hydro power

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New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

There is vast solar energy potential in the MENA region with 35 of the most successful projects underway being concentrated solar power plants. By 2050, these solar farms could supply up to 15 percent of Europe’s electricity needs and a substantial portion of the power needs of the producer countries with carbon-free power. The United … Continue reading New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

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Obama Administration Approves Roadmap for Solar Power on Public Lands

Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts. At a news conference in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the … Continue reading Obama Administration Approves Roadmap for Solar Power on Public Lands

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Micro combined heat and solar power plant installed at ArrowPharm (Malta)

A three-year, EU-funded research project, dubbed DIGESPO, an acronym for ‘Distributed CHP Generation from Small Size Concentrated Solar Power’, has just completed the installation of a pilot micro Combined Heat and Power (m-CHP) plant, based on innovative Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Stirling engine technology, in Malta. The solar power plant is designed and built … Continue reading Micro combined heat and solar power plant installed at ArrowPharm (Malta)

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Water: The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels

Six fuels used to generate electricity — biomass, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar (photovoltaic and concentrating solar power), and wind energy (both onshore and offshore) – are analyzed in the following categories: water impacts, impacts, air pollution impacts, planning and cost risk, subsidies and tax incentives, land impacts, and other impacts. 100,000 Gallons of Water to … Continue reading Water: The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels

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Dow committed to Middle East’s Solar Power Industry

Solar power technology like CSP offers many advantages in regions that require reliable new sources of energy. The technology helps diversify energy supply, is capable of producing power during periods of peak demand, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels. When used instead of fossil fuel generation plants, CSP facilities offer improved air quality and can … Continue reading Dow committed to Middle East’s Solar Power Industry

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New UVAC 6G receiver from Siemens boosts efficiency of solar thermal power plants

Until now, more than 500.000 receivers of the UVAC family have been successfully installed in power plants. Siemens announced at the SolarPACES conference in Marrakech the release of a new solar receiver, the UVAC 6G (Universal Vacuum Air Collector), which further increases thermal heat production for solar power plants. The improved heat generation of the … Continue reading New UVAC 6G receiver from Siemens boosts efficiency of solar thermal power plants

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U.S. solar power market more than doubles to 742 MW in 2Q 2012

GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today released U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2012. The report finds that U.S. solar achieved its second-best quarter in history, having installed 742 megawatts of solar power, and the best quarter on record for the utility market segment. Utility installations hit 477 megawatts in the … Continue reading U.S. solar power market more than doubles to 742 MW in 2Q 2012

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University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

The projects focus on increasing the efficiency of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems  — which use large, expansive mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers. In turn, these receivers collect the sunlight and convert it into heat that can be used to produce electricity. Research teams at the University of California, Los Angeles and … Continue reading University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

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SEIA: 1.26 GW of utility-scale CSP under construction in US

Of the total under construction, 1.26 GW are CSP projects and 3.36 GW are PV projects. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has found 4.62 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants larger than 1 MW under construction in the United States, as of August 15th, 2012. The association released this … Continue reading SEIA: 1.26 GW of utility-scale CSP under construction in US

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Spain and the US Shine the Brightest in the Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Market

This huge predicted increase is the result of US plans to commission numerous major Concentrated Solar Power plants throughout the next decade. An increase in the cost of fossil fuels and supporting government policies (as well as enviable weather) has seen Spain and the United States dominate the global solar thermal market, explains a new … Continue reading Spain and the US Shine the Brightest in the Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Market

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Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Markets Report 2012-2013

The Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets in Spain and the USA are now becoming established and the industry has more clarity on expected growth. The Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) markets in Spain and the USA are now becoming established and the industry has more clarity on expected growth. However there is still a lot of hype clouding … Continue reading Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Markets Report 2012-2013

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