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Parabolic dishes re-enter the fray

Parabolic dish designers claim their revamped designs can generate solar electricity competitively, unlike their predecessors. By Zara Maung   Once dismissed as commercially unviable, parabolic dishes are starting to show signs of reemergence in the CSP industry. Designers of a new breed of parabolic CSP dishes claim to have addressed the inefficiencies of previous models…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 01/08/2018

Welcome to the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Parabolic Dish technology looks ready to hit the solar market once again with improved, more reliable designs. Could they succeed where others have failed? Read our article to find out more about the new breed of CSP dish technology. You can also read this newsletter…

Video: Australia National University (ANU) Dish Stirling Program

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Formation à l’audit énergétique et la collecte de données sur site pour des projets de CSP/CSH en application industrielle

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MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 02/05/2018

Welcome to the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! This month we focus on South Africa’s CSP program, a country that came from almost zero renewables to procuring 6.3 GW in four years, including 600 MW of CSP. But it hasn’t been plain sailing; there are plenty of lessons that other governments and industry…

A Word with Pancho Ndebele, Founder & CEO of Emvelo, Chairman of the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (SASTELA)

  Renewable energy entrepreneur and CSP pioneer in South Africa, Pancho Ndebele, talks about the prospects of Concentrating Solar Power and highlights lessons that other countries could draw from South Africa’s renewable energy experience. By Carlos Márquez       CM. South Africa ran its renewable energy procurement program, that included 600 MW of CSP,…

Facts and Figures: South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Program

There are 600 MW of CSP projects at different phases of development in South Africa. 150 MW employ Tower technology and 450 MW Parabolic Trough technology. In total there are seven CSP projects to date. All of these projects have been part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). Since 2011,…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 04/04/2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrating Solar Power. You can also read it in French or Arabic   A Word with Mark Mehos: How CSP could enhance grid flexibility Facts…

Facts and Figures: Water use in CSP Plants

CSP plants consume water just like any other thermoelectric plants. Below you can see some statistics on water consumption of CSP plants compared to other systems. This information was extracted from the presentation “CSP Plants Operations and Maintenance” delivered by Raymond Branke (Fraunhofer ISE). You can read it in full here. Average Water Consumption Factors…

A Word with Mark Mehos

  Mark Mehos manages both the Thermal Sciences R&D group and the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The emphasis of NREL’s CSP program is the development of low-cost, high-performance, and high-reliability systems that use concentrated sunlight to generate power. Mark is also the leader for the International Energy…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 07/03/2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrating Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   World Bank-DEWA Concentrating Solar Power workshop held in Dubai The Sun heats up Morocco’s Economy…

World Bank-DEWA Concentrating Solar Power workshop held in Dubai

MENA governments, International Financial Institutions and Industry met in Dubai from the 26 – 28 of February to discuss the role of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in providing clean energy to countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The Workshop, co-hosted by the World Bank and DEWA, was attended by over 180 delegates, including…

Facts and Figures: The Energy Sector in Morocco

Morocco’s Electricity Sector – Key Figures (2015) Source: ONEE Rapport D’Activités (2016) http://www.one.org.ma   Sources: Export.gov (2015), Tariq Hamane (2016)   Back to the newsletter  

The Sun Heats-up Morocco’s Economy

By Radia Lahlou Morocco’s economic fortunes have long been tied to the sky’s bounty: sunshine and rain. Indeed, the agricultural sector represents about 15%[i] of the country’s GDP, almost four times the global average[ii]. Now Morocco’s sun also provides another form of wealth: solar energy. The construction of solar plants has boosted the local economy…

A Word with Fred Morse

  An energy industry veteran with five decades of experience, Fred Morse has been involved in CSP since its beginning in the USA and has managed the CSP R&D program under Presidents Carter and Reagan. Today, Fred Morse will share his views on policy lessons and the future of CSP. By Carlos Márquez    …

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 08/02/2018

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrating Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   A Word with Fred Morse, Senior advisor and CSP industry veteran Fred Morse shares his…

Facts and Figures: The Energy Sector in Jordan

The following slides were part of a presentation on the Renewable Energy Program in Jordan, which you can access in full here.   Back to newsletter

Video: ENI’s Research into Molten Salt

There are many companies looking into molten salt as a heat transfer fluid and storage medium, including Italian oil company ENI.   Back to newsletter

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 10/01/2018

Welcome to the January edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrating Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   A Word with Silvia Pariente-David, Senior advisor and consultant Silvia Pariente-David sheds light on interconnectivity and…

Lowering the Costs of Concentrating Solar Power

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MENA Electricity Net Consumption and Generation: 1995-2014

Figure 1. Electricity Generation in the MENA region 1995-2014  (TWh) *No data available Source: The Shift Project Data Portal   Figure 2. Total Electricity Net Consumption in the MENA region 1995-2014  (TWh)   Net electricity consumption:  Consumption of electricity computed as generation, plus imports, minus exports, minus transmission and distribution losses Source: Energy Information Administration…

A Word with Silvia Pariente-David

Silvia Pariente-David, Senior advisor and consultant on energy and climate change issues, working with organizations such as the Center for Mediterranean Integration, World Bank, OCPPC and Tractebel-Engie. In this interview with Senior advisor and consultant, Silvia Pariente-David, we get her insightful feedback about the Noor Ouarzazate project in Morocco. She also offers her expert knowledge in…

MENA CSP KIP Spain Study Tour (November 19th – 25th 2017)

  The World Bank’s MENA CSP KIP welcomed five Jordanian officials to Spain for a study tour in November. The guests included Jordanian officials from the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC).   Figure 1. Jordanian officials in Solúcar Solar…

A Word with Thomas Altmann

Thomas Altmann, Vice President of Innovation & Technology at ACWA Power   Is CSP the answer to clean water desalination? In this interview with Thomas Altmann of ACWA, we explore the opportunities and possibilities of CSP for desalination. Interview by Lila Neuberger L.N. What is the current role of solar power in desalination? T.A. We…

Video: Growing food in the Australian desert with sunlight and seawater – the Sundrop Farms project

  See how Sundrop Farms uses CSP technology to grow tomatoes in the Australian desert!       Back to the newsletter Fill out my online form

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 05/12/2017

Welcome to the December edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   MENA CSP KIP Spain Study Tour (November 19th – 25th 2017) The World Bank’s MENA CSP…

Desalination and Water Stress in MENA

  With the MENA region under increasingly high levels of water stress, desalination is necessary to supply sufficient fresh water to the region. Applying CSP technology to power the desalination process is a possible solution in which investigation is still underway. There are numerous CSP desalination pilot plants and it remains clear that sustainable and…

Concentrating Solar Power Sparks Jobs, Technology, Investment in Morocco

 

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 08/11/2017

Welcome to the November edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   MENA CSP KIP Exploratory Mission (September 24th-28th 2017) The World Bank’s MENA CSP…

Industrial Steam Generation in Jordan (RAM Pharma)
Watch this video to learn how RAM Pharma uses a concentrating solar steam system in their pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant. Back to the newsletter Fill out my online form
Exploring La Africana Concentrating Solar Plant (virtual reality video)

Step inside one of Southern Spain’s CSP plants, La Africana, for a private guided tour providing a bird’s eye view of 253 hectares of CSP technology.     It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to explore a CSP plant, but here at MENA CSP KIP we wanted to provide this insider’s look…

MENA CSP KIP Exploratory Mission to the Palestinian Territories (September 24th-28th)

  The World Bank MENA CSP-KIP exploratory mission to the Palestinian Territories, from the 24th to the 28th September, aimed at having a first impression on the potential of CSP for SHIP applications and on the interest of potential end-user companies on adopting these technologies (CSP) into their heat supply systems. Considering many factors, Solar…

A Word with Cédric Philibert

Cédric Philibert, Senior Analyst in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency Using solar heat for industrial processes isn’t a new concept and with advancements in CSP technology, new opportunities are being presented. From aiding in the high temperature oil extraction process to low temperature food processing, the application of CSP in industry is…

Harnessing opportunities for concentrating solar thermal in industry
Harnessing opportunities for concentrating solar thermal in industry Wednesday 18th of October, 2017 at 2pm Dubai time   Heat and steam generation for industrial processes represent a sizeable opportunity for the CSP industry. In industrial processes, the demand for heat is vastly greater than the demand for electricity (74% vs 26%, respectively, of industrial energy end…
DEWA CSP 700 MWe project: What we know so far
On September 16th, DEWA unveiled what is arguably the most ambitious Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project yet, a 700 MWe Parabolic Trough and Tower plant with thermal storage, capable of delivering clean energy 24/7. This article will show you five reasons why this project could be a turning-point for CSP. 1. The DEWA 700 CSP…
MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 04/10/2017
Welcome to the October edition of the MENA CSP KIP Newsletter. Every month our team of experts brings you the latest news and analysis on Concentrating Solar Power. Also available in Arabic and French.   DEWA CSP 700 MWe project: What we know so far Five reasons why the 700 MWe CSP project in Dubai…
CSP Mega Projects in Pictures
Below you will be able to see pictures of four of the largest and most iconic CSP projects worldwide. Please bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive! 1. Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex, Morocco (510 MWe CSP) The Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex is made up of three CSP plants: NOORo I (Parabolic Trough, 160…
The largest solar complex in Latin America (Video)

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MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 06/09/2017

Welcome to the September edition of the MENA CSP KIP Newsletter. Every month our team of experts brings you the latest news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. Also available in Arabic and French.   The Alphabet Soup of Climate Finance Jonathan Walters explains how CSP in MENA could be a great candidate for global…

Video: How Ain Beni Mathar CSP project was financed and built (AfDB)

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The Alphabet Soup of Climate Finance: CSP, WACCs and the UNFCCC

      Jonathan Walters, Senior Economic Advisor, MENA CSP KIP / Castalia     Most global warming was caused by developed countries, but combatting it is now the work of both developing and developed countries.  This fundamental inequality, and how to resolve it, is at the core of the United Nations Framework Convention on…

(Almost) as good as the real thing: Virtual visit to CSP plant

The MENA CSP KIP team is preparing a virtual reality video that will enable you to experience a visit to an operating CSP plant from the comfort of your home. The video, filmed at the Africana CSP plant (50 MWe) in Spain, will be released in late September. Below you can see a video and…

Key Stats: CSP projects in MENA

Find out how many CSP projects are being built and developed across the region.       Source: New Energy Update CSP Today Global Tracker http://tracker.newenergyupdate.com/tracker/projects (Accessed on the 30/08/2017)   This charts only include projects which are operational, under construction, or in development. For all status definitions, please check http://tracker.newenergyupdate.com/tracker/project-status   Back to the…

Operational CSP with TES infographics (Key stats)

  Key stats : Operational CSP Plants with TES ( Thermal Energy Storage)     Operational CSP Plant with Molten Salt Thermal Storage Notes: Includes only operational CSP projects which are 20 MWe or larger, and with molten salt storage greater than or equal to 2 hours.  Sources: CSP Today Global Tracker and NREL SolarPaces Date: 26/07/2017  …

MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Technical Workshop in Jordan (25th of July 2017)

  On July 25th, 2017 the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program organized a technical workshop at Nepco’s offices in Amman, Jordan. Below you can access the presentation slides delivered during this workshop (in alphabetical order).   Christoph Kost, Fraunhofer ISE / MENA CSP KIP – CSP Technology in the Market I: Technical Details, Operation…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 02/08/2017

  Welcome to the fourth edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Technical Workshop in Jordan (25 July…

Video: How CSP works (US DOE)

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A word with Juan Ignacio Burgaleta

    CSP Consultant Engineer and former Technology Director at Torresol   In his 30+ year career, Juan Ignacio Burgaleta has seen the evolution of CSP from concept to reality and led landmark projects such as Gemasolar (Tower, 20 MWe with 15 hours of thermal storage). Today he will tell us why thermal energy storage…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 10/07/2017

Welcome to the third edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   A Word with Michael Taylor, Senior Analyst, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook, IRENA…

MASEN announces five pre-qualified consortia for phase I of Noor Midelt CSP project in Morocco

Noor Midelt marks the beginning of a new concept of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects. For the first time, the designs will specify hybrid plants including both CSP and PV. Total capacity is expected to reach 400 MW, of which 150 to 190 MW would be provided by CSP with storage. Noor Midelt will be…

Highlights from the webinar “The impact of the 9.45 US$ cents CSP bid on the MENA region”

  Speakers: Jenny Chase (BNEF), Frank Wouters (EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network), Paddy Padmanathan (ACWA Power), Stratos Tavoulareas (World Bank Group) Moderator: Belén Gallego (ATA Insights)   On June 20th 2017, hundreds of renewable energy professionals from all over the world gathered to hear four leading experts discuss the impact of the recent DEWA…

A Word with Michael Taylor, Senior Analyst, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook, IRENA

  Michael Taylor Senior Analyst, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook at IRENA   Interview by Carlos Márquez   Q. I’m sure that you have seen in the news that the lowest bid for the 200 MW CSP plant in Dubai came at 9.45 US cents per kWh. Is this something you could have foreseen six…

Basking in the sunshine

Marwa Achour | MENA CSP KIP   This is the story of how the first large scale CSP plant was built in North Africa. This is an account of how the vision for the NOOR Ouarzazate Solar Complex (‘NOORo’) came to life, from the Moroccan Solar Plan to the NOORo III Solar Tower, channeled through…

MENA CSP KIP Activities Report (May 2017)

The KIP team has been busy seeking to fulfil its mission of accelerating CSP investments in MENA. During May, the team has carried out missions in Jordan, Malta, and Tunisia. Here is a short summary of these activities (in chronological order).   Jordan: Could CSP be part of the optimal energy mix? The MENA CSP…

A Word with Jonathan Sinton, Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank

  Jonathan Sinton Senior Energy Specialist at The World Bank   Summary CSP technology has two main advantages which are especially relevant for the region: it uses the heat and light from sun, both which are in abundant supply in the region, and has the capacity to store heat for generating electricity when demand is…

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 07/06/2017

Welcome to the second edition of the MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Newsletter! Every month our team of experts will bring you the best news and analysis on Concentrated Solar Power. You can also read it in Arabic or French.   Lowest ever CSP bid announced in Dubai : US$ cents 0.945/kWh (The National)  …

MENA CSP KIP Newsletter 03/05/2017

The MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program aims to accelerate Concentrated Solar Power investments in the MENA region. Disseminating information is one of the pillars of the program. In this spirit, our team of experts will bring you a monthly newsletter with high quality analysis, news, and articles about the Concentrated Solar Power industry. This…

Understanding Concentrated Solar Power in Five Reports

Read in French or Arabic | Back to Newsletter   Five Resources to Understand CSP Better If you are new to CSP, the sheer amount of information available on this industry might surprise you. However, you would also notice that some resources are much more valuable than others. To guide you through this information maze, we have selected five…

Key takeaways from the MENA CSP Workshop on CSP Markets, System Value, and Financing

Read in French or Arabic | Back to Newsletter By Carlos Márquez, ATA Insights “The generation costs of Concentrated Solar Power with 6 hours of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) are lower than the costs of PV with 6 hours of batteries and this is likely to remain so until 2030” stated Luis Crespo (ESTELA), citing a report published by…

A word with Luis Crespo, President of ESTELA

Read in French or Arabic | Back to Newsletter   Luis Crespo President of ESTELA     What does your institution currently do in the field of CSP? What is planned for the next three years? ESTELA’s main goal is to present the value proposition of CSP plants not only in the Euro-Mediterranean countries but in the sunbelt countries…

World Bank Middle East and North Africa Concentrated Solar Power Knowledge and Innovation Workshop (March 2017, Morocco)

World Bank Middle East & North Africa Concentrated Solar Power Knowledge and Innovation Workshop March 6, 7 and 8, 2017 Noor Solar Complex, near Ouarzazate, Morocco Event languages: Arabic, English, and French Disseminating knowledge about Concentrated Solar Power across MENA Interactive workshop aimed at providing policy-makers with knowledge about Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology, and…


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