EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 33, 20122nd European Energy Conference
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||02 October 2012|
Concentrating solar power in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa: achieving its potential
1 DLR, Porz-Wahnheide, Linder Hohe, 51147, Koln, Germany
2 Helwan University, Faculty of Engineering, 8 Giza Street, Giza, 12211, Egypt
3 University of Cologne, Institute of Energy Economics (EWI), Albertus-Magnus-Platz, D-50923, Cologne, Germany
4 Loughborough University, Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Holywell Park, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK
5 ENEA – UTRINN – STD (Solar Thermodynamic Laboratory), Via Anguillarese 301, 00123, Rome, Italy
6 PROMES-CNRS, 7 rue du Four Solaire, Odeillo, 66120, Font Romeu, France
7 University of Seville, C/ San Fernando 4, 41004, Seville, Spain
8 EASAC, Leopoldina, Postfach 110543, 06019 Halle (Saale), Germany
9 Tel Aviv University, School of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv, 69978, Israel
10 Universities of Leiden and Utrecht, Schoener 18, 3961 KZ Wyk by Duurstede, Netherlands
11 CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 40-28040, Madrid, Spain
12 University of Crete, Department of Chemistry, 710 03, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
13 Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Energy and Environment, SE-412 96, Goteborg, Sweden
14 University College Dublin, Electricity Research Centre, Engineering & Materials Science Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
15 Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, 44780, Bochum, Germany
Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a commercially available renewable energy technology capable of harnessing the immense solar resource in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region), and elsewhere. This paper summarises the findings of a study by the European Academies Science Advisory Council which has examined the current status and development challenges of CSP, and consequently has evaluated the potential contribution of CSP in Europe and the MENA region to 2050. It identifies the actions that will be required by scientists, engineers, policy makers, politicians, business and investors alike, to enable this vast solar resource to make a major contribution to establishing a sustainable energy system. The study concludes that cost reductions of 50-60% in CSP electricity may reasonably be expected in the next 10-15 years, enabling the technology to be cost competitive with fossil-fired power generation at some point between 2020 and 2030. Incorporation of storage delivers added value in enabling CSP to deliver dispatchable power. Incentive schemes will be needed in Europe and MENA countries to enable this point to be achieved. Such schemes should reflect the true value of electricity to the grid, effectively drive R&D, and ensure transparency of performance and cost data.
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