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IEA SHC Task 46: Bankable Solar Data Sets for Concentrating Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 2, 2016
Whether investors put their money into large-scale concentrating solar heat and power systems, solar district heating plants or photovoltaic fields, they need to be able to rely on data sets to include the uncertainty and variability of input information. Financial institutions do like to know in what way these factors can impact revenue flows in financing, so researchers of IEA SHC Task 46, Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting, have spent several years analysing various approaches to the topic. The flow chart of the financing model shows that solar resource data is essential to a proper assessment of the average power or heat generation per year as well as the range of variability over several years. SHC Task 46 is a five-year collaborative effort (2011-2016) with support from the IEA SolarPaces Programme (Task V) and the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (Task 14).
Chart: Manuel Blanco, SolarPaces
 

Hawaii/California: Sopogy Goes into Liquidation after More than a Decade in Business

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 7, 2014
After the Hawaiian manufacturer of parabolic trough systems, Sopogy, has stopped operations, its assets are now being liquidated as well. According to Pacific Business News (PBN), an attorney based in Los Angeles is handling the insolvency proceedings. While the PBN news piece was published in April 2014, Sopogy’s main phone line had already been out of service when German agency solrico carried out its research for the World Map of Solar Process Heat Collector Industry in late 2013. In the meantime, the company´s website has also been taken offline.
 

India: NAL develops new sputtered Absorber Coating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 29, 2010

 Magnetron sputtering process” The Surface Engineering Division of the Bengaluru-based Indian National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has developed a new sputtered absorber coating, which could be applied to 6" stainless steel tubes of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants once the technology has passed the laboratory stage. A Magnetron sputtering process is used to cover the surface with the TiAlN/TiAlON/Si3N4 tandem coating.
Photo: NAL

India: Gujarat State announces Tariff for Solar Thermal Power

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 4, 2010

At the end of January 2010, the government of the western Indian state of Gujarat made a generous announcement: In promotion of grid-connected solar energy within the state's territory, a capacity of 716 MW of solar power is going to be distributed to 34 national and international project developers. The share of solar photovoltaics and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants is said to be 365 MW and 351 MW, respectively.

India: ACME Solar to build first Solar Thermal Power Plants in the Country

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 6, 2010

ACME Jaisalmer Solar Power (Pvt) Ltd. is planning to set up a total of 150 MW solar thermal power plants at Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur in Rajasthan state, Western India. Overall investment in these plants is said to be around INR 2,350 billion.

South Africa: SEG Solar Energy Offers Training and Marketing Support to Suppliers and Plumbers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2010

 training day in Randburg” A training day in Randburg: SEG Solar Energy, the newly founded solar system provider in South Africa, provides trainings and free marketing for its dealers and plumbers.
Photo: SEG Solar Energy

India: A Centre of Excellence for Solar Energy Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 8, 2010

 Solar Energy Center India” The Solar Energy Centre (SEC) in Haryana State is a research institution, whose building design alone is a demonstration of how to use solar energy effectively. Soon, it will also receive a testing facility for solar thermal power.
Photo: SEC

Hawaii: Electricity through Sunshine and MicroCSP Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 24, 2010

 1,000 parabolic trough collectors” A solar field for electricity production: The 1,000 parabolic trough collectors by Hawaiian manufacturer Sopogy, which stand in the hot Kona desert on the Big Island of Hawaii, equal the output of a 2 MW thermal power.
Photo: Sopogy/Keahole Solar Power

India: Maharishi Partners with Abengoa Solar to Offer High-temperature Solar Applications

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 11, 2009

Maharishi Group India” Manufacturer of solar thermal technology: So far, Maharishi Solar has been producing flat plate collectors and photovoltaic panels. The company now wants to extend its portfolio by including concentration solar systems to generate steam utilized in industrial production. Photo: Maharishi

Austria: Professor Faninger Receives Decoration for his 30 Years of Solar Research

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2008

Professor Faninger Austria Pioneer of renewable energies in Austria: Professor Gerhard Faninger from the University of Klagenfurt received the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Photo: Bärbel Epp

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