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MENA/Chile: Concentrating Solar Benchmark Costs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 25, 2017
SunShotA tender for 94.5 USD/MWhel in Dubai and an R&D initiative called SunShot in the United States have shown how the cost of concentrated solar power (CSP) could be lowered at a steady pace thanks to economies of scale and optimised manufacturing and operation. Though the solar power market has been the driver for most of these developments, their outcomes are likewise relevant to solar thermal, where concentrating technologies have been used to provide heating or cooling for industrial processes. Two recent webinars organised by Spanish-based consultancy ATA Insights and focused on CSP in the MENA region and Chile had developers and researchers discuss the main drivers for cost cutting and the technology outlook in the short and medium term. The chart illustrates the SunShot aim to bring down the cost of parabolic trough collectors from around 200 USD/m² to 75 USD/m².
Source: Department of Energy, USA

The Potential Economic Impact of Solar Power Generation Facilities in Nevada (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2009

This study published by the NREL (US National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in 2004 estimates the economic impact, in terms of employment, personal income, and gross state product (GSP) of developing some portion of Nevada’s solar energy generation sources.
In Nevada, although a very high potential for renewable electricity has been registered, almost 90 percent of the electricity generated still comes from coal (53 percent) or natural gas (36 percent).

University of Colorado Solar Decathlon – Solar Thermal Water Heating is a Success (2002)

Submitted by Hans Craen on June 2, 2009

This document from 2002 goes over innovative collector technology and strategy for solar thermal water heating systems. For colder climates, they describe how evacuated tubes are more effective than traditional flat plate collectors. It has a flow chart to describe how the system is schemed.

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