News and events

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27 Jan 2021

Cubico Sustainable Investments has agreed to buy 100 MW of Spanish CSP power capacity and 174 MW of PV capacity from Grupo T-Solar, the company announced in a statement.

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27 Jan 2021

Botswana is planning  to build 200 MW of CSP capacity by 2026,  according to a new integrated resource plan (IRP) published by the government on 15 December 2020. The procurement process is expected to start in 2021.

Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 - 08:00 to 14:00
ONLINE

In this webinar, taking place on 3 Febreuary 2021 08-14:00 (CET), experts from the World Bank and IRENA will draw upon the findings of their brand-new report “Concentrating Solar Power: Clean Power on Demand 24/7” to analyze the role of CSP in energy systems. Comments on prospects for future development of CSP will be heard from Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines and from the Madrid-based Protermosolar industry association.

Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 10:00 to 12:00
ONLINE

On January 22, 2021 (10:00 - 12:00) the CSP ERANET – 1st Cofund Joint Call Coordination Webinar takes place. Directed to project coordinators of the 1st Cofund Joint Call funded projects, it covers the general aspects of an ERANET framework, such as the...

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18 Aug 2020

Value-based bidding, favorable site conditions and Spanish engineering has carved a fresh opening for CSP build.

Portugal launched its delayed second solar auction last month, tendering for 700 MW of new capacity across 12 sites in Southern Portugal.

For the first time, the auction includes a new solar plus storage stream which could see Portugal build its first CSP plant. Solar plus storage developers will compete against stand-alone PV projects on a net present value (NPV) basis to win 15-year guaranteed payment contracts.

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15 Jul 2020

Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) is sending a clear message to governments and companies around the world that clean energy innovation needs to accelerate to meet net-zero emissions goals. Our new Energy Technology Perspectives 2020: Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation presents new IEA modelling of pathways to a more resilient and cleaner energy sector at net-zero emissions, and explores the areas where critical technology solutions are in need of faster progress.

credits: Steam system of the thermal power block at a CSP plant
10 Jul 2020

Engineers generally tend to be solutions-oriented, and engineers in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) are no different. A history of making things better than they were is why we now have advanced technologies. As Hal Harvey, founder of Energy Innovation told the NYT opinion columnist Tom Friedman:

Source: International Renewable Energy Agency’s ‘Renewable Power Generation Costs 2019’ report (June 2020).
30 Jun 2020

Global learnings on the impact of ‘transient’ risks on Concentrated Solar Power tower systems are driving improved storage tank piping and all-welding techniques, experts told New Energy Update.

In a bid to accelerate deployment, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published June 12 the world’s first best practices report for CSP plants.

NREL researchers analyzed data and feedback from 80% of CSP plants operating worldwide, covering parabolic trough and less mature CSP tower and storage technologies.