Concentrating Solar Power from Research to Implementation

This document from 2007, released by the European Commission, refers projects, financed under the 6th EU Research Framework Programme (FP6), to boost the use of solar power technologies in Europe, as a part of the EU’s goal of achieving 20% share of renewable energies inits overall energy consumption by 2020 and a minimum 10% share of biofuels in overall EU transport petrol and diesel consumption by 2020. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) is a clean energy that can help the EU to meet this 20% goal.

Wind, biomass and photovoltaics already constitute a success history in Europe, but concentrating solar power, despite its potential, still lacks investment, appropriate legal frameworks and supports schemes.

Under the 5th and 6th EU Research Framework Programmes (FP5 and FP6), the EU contributed some € 25 million to research projects intended to develop CSP technologies, notably components, storage, solar-hybrid co-generation, and solar chemistry including hydrogen production.

The key objectives of this brochure and of the projects that it presents (PS10, ANDASOL and SOLAR TRES, SOLFACE, between others) are to lower to cost of renewable energies, facilitate the efficient use of energy and place European industries in the leading position in low carbon technologies.

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