Assessment of the World Bank/GEF Strategy for the Market Development of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (2006)

This report from 2006 gives a detailed assessment on the approach of GEF towards concentrating solar power development. In particular it looks into the GEF's Operational Programme 7 (OP 7) which deals with the development of technologies with low greenhouse gas emissions that are not yet commercial, but which show promise of becoming so in the future.

The report concludes that solar thermal technology merits further support from the World Bank/GEF. The benefits of a successful industry - especially for developing countries - are significant. However, the major barriers for further development relate mainly to the need for further cost reduction. The study concludes that this should be feasible and as such become cost-competitive, although ongoing support schemes will be required.

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