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Middle East and North Africa Concentrating Solar Power
Knowledge and Innovation Program

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 is the first edition of the newsletter. You can also choose whether to read it Arabic or French.

 

Interview:

A word with Luis Crespo, President of ESTELA

Countries in the MENA region are increasing their electricity demand very quickly. They will probably double the demand in the evening peak in 10 years and there are basically two ways to meet this demand: either with an investment in PV, or wind, plus combined cycles; or by investing in CSP plants…

 

New Content:

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

Key takeaways from the MENA CSP Workshop on CSP Markets, System Value, and Financing Whereas the capital costs of PV are lower, variability, lack of affordable storage options, and a relatively low capacity factor mean that generation costs could be higher. This is particularly true when curtailment comes into play. In places with a high penetration of variable renewables, PV
and Wind could produce a lot of power when demand is low, leading to over-production. When this happens, grid operators are forced to disconnect…

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 resources that could help you understand some of the main issues facing CSP…

 

Recommendations:

Dubai’s CSP Price Cap Seen Driving Technology’s Competitiveness

Dubai’s CSP Price Cap Seen Driving Technology’s Competitiveness In the January, DEWA released a request for proposals (RfP) for a 200 MW CSP plant, to be built within the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park by April 2021. However, the utility also indicated that the preferred bidder should deliver electricity at below $0.08/kWh.

 

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