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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*



World largest Fresnel CSP project operates in Dunhuang China


Lanzhou 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 reach 350MW.




The Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power, in Chile, is 85%

Copec inks PPA with Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant


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.



SA celebrates 100MWe CSP grid-connected plant


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.



New hope for Port Augusta's failed SolarReserve Concentrated Solar Power project

1414 Degrees acquiring Aurora Project near Port Augusta


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.



EBRD grants €45 million loan for Noor Midelt I concentrated solar power project


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.



Enerray has inaugurated the concentrated solar park CSP-ORC PLUS in Morocco


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 in Morocco delivers first electricity


Azelio's verification project at Ouarzazate Solar Power Station in Morocco has been completed and the first electricity has been produced.



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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.




Concentrated Solar Power, the energy future of Spain?

The renewable energy organizations see the Spanish Energy and Climate Plan ambitious but feasible


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.




Egypt will produce 61,000MW of renewable energy, of which 12,000MW concentrated solar power


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.



Concentrated Solar Power electricity: an essential building block for the energy transition

Concentrated Solar Power gains prominence at COP25


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*



Brightsource Innovates a Solar-cured Coating for DEWA Tower Concentrated Solar Power


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.


Worm Gear Technology Helps CSP Plant Stay Locked on Target


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.



A Novel CSP Heliostat Goes from Lab to Market in Just 5 Years


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.



ContourGlobal warns on profit


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.



Sun could be Middle East's biggest export by 2030, says Bill Gates-backed company founder


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


More efficiency for concentrated solar power plants thanks to new BASF simulation tool



China-made Long shaft molten salt pump successfully applied in Hami CSP Tower Project



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