Global Concentrating Solar Power Updates丨CSP Focus Monthly December 2019
2020.01.07 From: CSP Focus Monthly
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*Global CSP Project Updates*
Dacheng Dunhuang 50MW Molten Salt Fresnel CSP Project was successfully
connected to the gird at 17:50 p.m. on December 31, 2019, becoming the
first demonstration Fresnel CSP project in China, and the world largest
solar thermal power plant taking Fresnel CSP technology.
China 6th large-scale solar thermal power plant connected to the grid--CPECC Hami 50MW Molten Salt Tower CSP Project
China 6th large-scale commercial solar thermal power plant, CPECC Hami 50MW Molten Salt Tower CSP Project,
was successfullly connected to the grid at 23:39 p.m. on December 29th,
2019, making the total capacity of large-scale CSP projects in China
Cerro Dominador is the first solar thermal plant in Latin America, and the final stretch of the construction of the 110 MW Concentrating Solar Power project is faced, which is 85% complete in the early of December 2019. The 700-hectare solar field has 10,600 heliostats that will direct solar radiation into a receiver located 252 meters high.
South Africa celebrates the first year of operation of the renewable energy plant Ilanga 1, which has been supplying clean energy to the national grid since November 2018.
Thermal energy storage company 1414 Degrees is set to acquire SolarReserve Australia, which owns the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta and two solar sites in New South Wales.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a €45 million loan for the construction of the Noor Midelt I hybrid concentrated solar power + PV plant. It will have a capacity of 800 MW.
The ORC-PLUS project, born on 01/06/2015, aims at developing an innovative Thermal Energy Storage system (TES) which is optimised for CSP plants in the scale of 1-5 MWe.
Azelio's verification project at Ouarzazate Solar Power Station in Morocco has been completed and the first electricity has been produced.
*CSP Market & Study Share*
5 large-scale solar thermal plants operational and 4 to complete, China CSP market's getting experienced
China owns 5 large-scale commercial solar thermal power plants with total capacity of 300MW in operation by early December 2019. Moreover, another 4 CSP demonstration projects are on the last stage of construction and will be connected to the grid soon by the end of this year in 2019 or middle of next year in 2020.
The National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (Pniec) 2021-2030, pending approval yet, provides for the installation of 5GW CSP during this period of time , which will double the current capacity of 2.3GW.
According to the 2035 strategy, Egypt will produce 61,000MW of renewable energy, of which 31,000MW solar power, 12,000MW concentrated solar power, and 18,000MW wind power.
Panel “Solar thermal electricity: an essential building block for the energy transition”, organized by ESTELA took place in the European Union pavilion during the celebration of its Day of Energy at COP25 in Madrid.
*CSP Industry and Company News*
Testing laboratories in Germany, France and Spain have confirmed the effectiveness of a new high-performance (97% absorbance) optical coating developed by Brightsource Energy, that can be “solar-cured” directly atop the receiver of tower CSP, like Brightsource is building as part of the ACWA Power 700 MW DEWA CSP project.
One key to innovation is the performance of tracking gear drives that enable heliostats to focus more sunlight on receiver towers (power towers) more reliably.
The innovative Stellio heliostat designed for the 50 MW Hami tower CSP project in China goes from the lab to commercial in just 5 years.
It said this reflected the full nine-month ownership impact of the Spanish Concentrated Solar Power acquisition completed in May 2018, improved renewable generation offset by a negative currency impact.
Last month – and for the first time commercially – a new Bill Gates-backed clean energy company, Heliogen, concentrated solar energy to exceed 1,500°C.
Refractaris seeks in Africa and Asia to expand its international sales of shields for Concentrated Solar Power
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