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  • 2008-01-16

    A recent EU report showed that the European Commission has funded €25 million for research into concentrating solar power in recent years, and the potential contribution of CSP “has still to be exploited”.

  • 2007-12-20

    The AQUA-CSP study analyses the potential of concentrating solar thermal power technology for seawater desalination in the Middle East and North Africa. The result is a comprehensive data base on technology options, water demand and deficits of the MENA countries, water resources, solar energy resources and the potential markets for solar desalination.

  • 2007-12-13

    Here's another sign that Big Solar's time has come: Silicon Valley startup Ausra is building the U.S.'s first solar power plant factory.

    When the 130,000-square-foot facility goes online in April outside Las Vegas, robots will assemble mirror arrays and other equipment that will then be trucked to solar power plant building sites in California and the Southwest.

  • 2007-12-13

    A new study from Emerging Energy Research says that Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is in the middle of a renaissance. According to the study, in areas including Spain and the Southwestern U.S., solar CSP is the fastest growing utility-scale renewable energy alternative after wind power, with up to $20 billion expected to be invested in solar CSP over the next five years.

    Spain's favorable feed-in tariffs provide the most stable regulatory environment in the short-term creating a slow but steady growth path for CSP alongside its history of wind power development, according to EER.

  • 2007-11-07

    DLR begins operation of solar-generated steam energy accumulators at temperatures of more than 200 degrees Celsius.

    Power from solar energy will in future play a key role in providing a sustainable energy supply. Solar power stations with direct solar steam generation are regarded as having the greatest potential in this field. But the solar energy produced in this way is not always available without interruption.

    So-called heat accumulators are needed so that power generation can be extended to the night hours or times when there is heavy cloud cover.

  • 2007-05-04

    Realisation of large solar power stations

    On 4 May 2007, MAN Ferrostaal, Essen, and Solar Millennium, Erlangen, established a joint company for project development and construction of solar thermal power stations. Both companies hold 50 percent in the new joint company MAN Solar Millennium GmbH. The goal is to establish the joint venture as one of the world's leading suppliers of solar thermal power stations.

  • 2007-04-11

    Recently, I was on a panel with Dr. Herman Scheer, a member of the German parliament and the president of EUROSOLAR (The European Association for Renewable Energy) and a much honored "environmentalist". Suffice it to say that there was great commonality of goals but significant disagreement about "how". From my admittedly biased point of view, his views sounded great but were ineffective and inefficient ways to reduce carbon emission and achieve sustainability. In fact, some ideas were downright harmful to the environment.

  • 2006-04-29

    The TRANS-CSP study focuses on the interconnection of the electricity grid of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EUMENA) with the purpose of supplying about 15 % of the European electricity demand by solar energy imports from the South by the year 2050. The conventional electricity grid is not capable of transferring large amounts of electricity over long distances.

  • 2006-04-24

    This weekend in the Arizona desert, 30 miles north of Tucson, the first Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) trough-style energy facility to be constructed in nearly two decades will officially go online and begin delivering power to the U.S. grid. The rows of gleaming mirrored troughs that power a one-megawatt (MW) generator represent a new phase for solar energy in Arizona and the broader U.S.

  • 2006-03-28

    The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) held a 2 Day Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Forum in San Francisco on March 27th and 28th, 2006. The conference brought together companies, organizations, utilities, regulatory authorities and government policy makers of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Germany to discuss the status quo and the future of CSP in the US and to exchange recent experiences and developments in Europe.