What the Dubai tender means for CSP

By Jason Deign Concentrated solar power (CSP), a renewable technology seemingly on the wane, could be back in vogue following a record low tender bid announced Monday.

Abengoa bankruptcy: Who might buy the company's CSP plant assets in Chile, South Africa and the USA, or invest in Abengoa Yield? Photo: Mojave Solar Project, Abengoa

Who would want Abengoa’s assets?

By Jason Deign Abengoa, the Spanish renewable infrastructure developer, is thought to be hunting buyers for assets, including a large amount of storage, as it faces bankruptcy. The company filed for preliminary creditor protection a fortnight…

The poster boy for concentrated solar power with thermal energy storage is Torresol Energy’s 19.9MW Gemasolar power plant in Andalusia, Spain. Photo credit: SENER

The tricky art of storing heat from the sun

A Chilean renewable energy tender that closed in October could be the first in the world where energy storage becomes the deciding factor for success. Great news for the industry? Perhaps. But actually it’s not…

The new molten salt parabolic trough CSP demonstration plant in Massa Martana, Italy. Photo credit: Chiyoda Corporation

CSP benefits from energy storage

Concentrated solar power (CSP) has one key advantage over the ever-cheapening photovoltaic (PV) competition: the ability to directly integrate thermal energy storage (TES) and thus provide dispatchable energy. It’s perhaps with this in mind that…

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Areva teams with Sandia for CSP storage

Areva Solar has announced it is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. As the company’s online video shows, the CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular…