Final Report on Technical Data, Costs and Life Cycle Inventories of Solar Thermal Power Plants (2008)

This report from 2008 has been published under the NEEDS programme (New Energy Externalities Developments for Sustainability) which aims “to evaluate the full costs and benefits of energy policies and of future energy systems”.

This study looks into three scenarios for solar thermal technology development i.e. ‘pessimistic’, ‘optimistic-realistic’ and ‘very optimistic’ for which also the cost for electricity generation is estimated. For each of the scenarios, the report also looks into the CO2 emissions and the greenhouse gas emissions, among other parameters. To assess the impact solar thermal developments can have, the study makes a difference between ‘hybrid’ and ‘solar-only’ operated power plants.

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