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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 Value of Concentrating Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This is a technical paper written by the National Renewable Laboratory, a division of the US Department of Energy. The report looks at the value added by thermal energy storage to concentrating solar power in the southwestern United States. The analysis by the authors shows that thermal energy storage does add value to concentrated solar power in a number of ways. First, thermal energy storage allows a larger amount of thermal energy from a concentrated solar plant’s field to be used. Second, by giving the plant more room to allow a bigger solar field.

Solar Thermal Energy Production: The Next Generation (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This presentation was creating by Jeff Curry of Lakeland Electric, and was first presented at the 2007 Southeast Solar Summit hosted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It focuses on a solar thermal hot water heating utility offered to residential homes in Florida. A Lakeland Electric utility in Florida offers area homeowners the choice of solar thermal hot water heating for their homes. Offered to homeowners is a separate line item on the bill to see how much they are spending, the option of green pricing and free installation and maintenance.

Field Monitoring of Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Based On Simple Tank Temperature (1995)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was a joint effort from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, prepared for the American Solar Energy Society at the Solar 1995 Conference. This report has equations to use to calculate solar loop gain and tank losses. Analysis is based upon the tank energy balance – identifying solar gain during the day and tank losses at night. These gains and losses can be compared to expectations based upon prior knowledge and estimated weather conditions.

Passive Solar Heating and Thermal Mass (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This presentation was created by Rob Dumont of the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology, which promotes sustainable economic development in Alaska. It covers passive solar heating design and thermal mass construction.

Solar Thermal Systems – For Domestic Hot Water (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This document was created by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. It extols on the benefits of solar thermal system usage for NY state residents in their homes, and provides resources for consumers to learn more about systems.

Break-even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This technical report was written by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It examines the technology and economics that determine whether the cost of energy saved by a residential solar thermal hot water heating system will equal the cost of purchasing electricity or natural gas generated heat from the grid. This is known as the break-even cost.

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program Residential Performance Monitoring Interim Report (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 30, 2015

This report was created and published by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It provides a preliminary analysis of the monitoring that had been done to judge the efficiency of select water heating systems which were installed under the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program.

Solar Thermal for Industrial Uses (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

This issue brief, created and distributed by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, discusses the current status of solar thermal energy and its potential in industrial applications. Taking a business approach to solar thermal heating, it addresses the potential demand, opportunities, costs and barriers that solar thermal may incur in the future.  

The WB Clean Technology Fund. MENA Renewable Energy Program (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 30, 2012

This is a presentation from Mr. Mohab Hallouda (World Bank Energy Specialist) during the “MENA Energized: Regional Challenges to "Green the Power" Sector” event held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was jointly organized by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the Euro Mediterranean Energy Market Integration Project (MED-EMIP).


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