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Concentrating Solar Power a $200 billion business through 2020


Greentech Media and The Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development have announced the availability of Concentrating Solar Power - Technology, Cost, and Markets, the industry’s most comprehensive research report to date on the burgeoning CSP market. Over the past six months alone, over $30 Billion in investment has been proposed for plants to be constructed in the next several years. The report finds that this number could grow as large as $200 Billion for installations through 2020.

The technologies examined in this report include all currently available and potential technologies near commercialization in CSP for electricity generation. These technologies break down into two general categories, including Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) and Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV).

The report provides technical and financial analysis of these various technologies and the relevant players in these growing markets, in addition to covering all technology variations from the system-level through concentrator technologies and power conversion. The report analyzes which technologies will have the largest market share in terms of installations through 2020 for small- (1kW - 100kW), medium- (100kW - 10MW) and large-scale (10MW - 100MW+) deployments.

Though CSP will remain a growing market, particularly for utility-scale installations, a forecast of total projected solar installations through 2020 suggests that CSP (combined CST and CPV) will make up less than 10% of the 288GW installed, with the remaining 90+% going to flat plate and tracking PV.

“CSP has quickly become one of the most heated market segments in all of renewable energy, but it’s important to step back and understand how it will grow along with the evolution of PV” said Travis Bradford, Executive Director of the Prometheus Institute. “The report provides an excellent resource for companies that want a complete understanding of the CSP market today and going forward.”


CSP Installations - Distribution by Technology in 2012 The 145-page report focuses on the impact CSP technologies will have on the solar and broader renewable energy markets through 2020. Complete with more than 130 tables, charts and graphs, it includes:

  • Detailed definitions of the numerous CSP technologies
  • Comprehensive understanding of the markets for CSP
  • In-depth view of the CSP industry, including current and planned capacity, and select company profiles
  • Thorough CSP financial analysis and projections
  • Exhaustive appendices filled with additional supporting data

Source: Energy Dialy

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