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Vista aérea de las tres plantas termosolares Noor / Overview of the three Noor CSP plants


Solar industry has changed a lot during last year in MENA region. Thanks to the dispatchable power produced by CSP, more countries in MENA region are considering to place CSP technology in their future energy systems.

Morocco: NOOR Ouarzazate & NOOR Midelt solar complexes

In order to get rid of energy dependence on importing, Morocco government is accelerating its renewable energy ambition, saying by 2020, power produced by renewables may increase to 42%, and more than 50% by 2030. Currently, the world’s biggest NOORo Ouarzazate solar complex has witnessed the rapid development of CSP in this country. NOORo I project, a 160 MW parabolic trough CSP plant was in operation since 2016, another 200 MW parabolic trough CSP plant, NOORo II, and a 150 MW solar tower plant, NOORo III, are close to completion, and both are expected to be commissioned soon this year. Besides, NOOR Midelt, a hybrid solar PV and CSP complex is under development, it is said that at least 150 MW CSP will be deployed for each project. 3 consortiums, ACWA, ENGIE and EDF are competing for the contract.

DEWA 700 MW CSP plant

Last year, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced their plan for solar projects to install 1,000 MW in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park by 2030. Together with its PV strategy, the first phase 700 MW CSP plant (100 MW tower, 3×200 MW parabolic trough) shocked the industry by not only its big size but also the low bidding price of USD 7.3 cents/kWh, offered by Saudi Arabia ACWA & China Shanghai Electric consortium. The project is under preparation and is said to meet financial close by April of 2018.

Abu Dhabi, neighbor of Dubai, has also shown CSP’s availability in 2013 by Shams One project—the first commercial CSP plant in MENA region.

Saudi Arabia is reducing powerful influence of petroleum and gas. REPDO (Renewable Energy Project Development Office) is established within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and serves to deliver renewable energy across the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030.

Kuwait is constructing 50 MW Shagaya CSP plant to accelerate its renewable target. Oman has successfully launched the world’s largest CSP EOR project, indicating another potential market in MENA region. Other countries like Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Libya and Tunisia are showing their positive attitude towards CSP and other sustainable energy.

Obviously, MENA region is showing its great potential to be the next “super star” for CSP development in coming years. To create a perfect platform for getting known of more future project updates and future deployments, and excavating more business opportunities in MENA CSP industry, CSP Focus will hold CSP Focus MENA 2018, scheduled on June. 27-28 in Morocco.

Source: CSP Focus

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Sugimat makes progresses in its international expansion by developing an HTF boiler for Agua Prieta CSP plant in the state of Sonora, Mexico. It is one of the most important power plants in Latin America. Sugimat’s installation, is part of the combined cycle plant Agua Prieta II, a combined cycle with increased performance and operating in conjunction with a solar field. The plant is a pioneering project in the country promoted by Mexico’s state-owned Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

The installation, which uses DowTherm A heat transfer fluids and is capable of working up to 390 ºC, is integrated into the solar field production block and has been designed, manufactured and commissioned on a turnkey basis by Sugimat. It is a 6 MW HTF boiler that increases the performance of the combined cycle by 10 points and uses a natural gas burner with low NOx emissions. The CSP plant has a solar field of parabolic trough collectors of 14 MW and a natural gas combined cycle capable of producing up to 464,4 MW. Both are interconnected and form the first hybrid concentration solar power plant in Mexico, which provides an installed generation capacity of 394 MW to the country’s National Electric System.

Thanks to the use of natural gas as fuel, this hi-tech Integrated Solar Combined Cycle – ISCC plant will avoid more than 208,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year will cease to be released into the atmosphere, reducing the environmental impact.

The location of the plant in the state of Sonora has been a strategic decision. It is integrated in the “sun belt” and covers the area with the best solar radiation in the country, which makes it ideal for the operation of thermo-solar power plants.

The project, made by Abengoa, is financed by the World Bank, which through the United Nations Development Program, Global Environmental Facility, has allocated 200 million dollars to promote  thermo-solar technology in four countries, one of which is Mexico.

Source. Sugimat

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The 8th annual grand gathering and most powerful international CSP conference will take place in China. More than 500 attendees, more than 30 speakers·and more than 30 exhibitors & sponsors·will gather in China, on March 22-23, to discuss the latest indsutry trends.

As the most influential CSP event in China and in the world, the organizer CSP Focus has invited representatives from the world’s core CSP markets, including China, Europe and the United States, Middle East and North Africa, Chile, Australia, and other Asian regions, to participate in the CSP industry grand meeting.

During the upcoming CSP Focus China 2018 event, the delegates will discuss the development of the world’s CSP industry,as well as some key issues such as the promotion of the 1st batch of pilot CSP projects in China, the development of the industrial chain, and future planning in China.

Highlights of CSP Focus China will be:

  • In-depth policy analysis.The 2nd batch demo projects deployment strategy and relevant supportive policy.
  • Experience of project O&M. Lessons from overseas mature project O&M knowledge to serve demo projects.
  • Cost reduction trend. Main reasons for cost dropping trend in recent years.
  • Technology upgrading & innovation. The future CSP development direction and business opportunities
  • Key components show.Exhibition of reliable equipment, components and services

Among the international CSP experts attending the event will be:

  • Luis Crespo, President, ESTELA
  • Abdelkrim Aourik, ONEE
  • Manuel Pozo, Project Manager,Abengoa Solar
  • Álvaro Gonzalez, Supply Chain Manager, ACWA Power
  • Shigeru Yamamura, Senior Energy Specialist Energy Division East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Xavier Lara, Executive Director of Construction and Services Business Unit, Empresarios Agrupados
  • Jens Taggart Pelle, Vice President of Technical Sales, Aalborg CSP
  • Ángel Cantarero,Global CSP Account /Industry Manager FCO, Flowserve
  • Marcel Suri, Managing Director, Solargis s.r.o.
  • Tomás Baeza Jeria, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, Chilean Solar Committee of CORFO
  • Jeroen van Schijndelis, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Rioglass Solar
  • Bruce Anderson,CEO,247 Solar
  • Jiahui LU, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Many China CSP leaders have confirmed its participation:

  • Fengwu BAI, Professor, Institute of Electrical Engineering-CAS
  • Jianxiang Jin, Chairman and Chief Engineer, SUPCON Solar
  • Deyuan Wang, Assistant to GM, Shanghai Electric
  • Hemei QIU, CSP General Manager, Huafeng Energy
  • Nick Zhang, Global Director of Sales&Marketing, Royal Tech CSP Limited
  • Rui SUN, Deputy Dean, Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute

Industry leaders sponsoring CSP Focus China are:

  • Aalborg CSP A/S, steam generation systems
  • Rioglass, mirrors & receiver tubes
  • Beijing TRX Solar Technology Co., Ltd., receiver tubes
  • Flowserve, valves & pumps
  • Gefran, pressure sensors
  • SUNTRACK, tracking systems
  • Wuxi Chemical Equipment Co., Ltd., heat exchangers
  • Holter Regelarmaturen, valves
  • Solargis s.r.o., solar resource
  • Jiangsu Haofeng Pipe, pipes
  • Lointek S.L., heat exchangers
  • Watlow, heaters
  • Promat, high-temperature insulation
  • Lanpec Technologies Ltd, steam generation
  • Shandong Huiyin Energy CO., Ltd, receiver tubes
  • WorleyParsons Advisian, EPC
  • Jiangsu Livo New Energy Technology Co., steam generation
  • AUMA Drives GmbH, worm gears
  • 247Solar Inc., technology/ EPC
  • Royal Tech CSP, receiver tubes/ EPC
  • Emerson Automation Solutions Final Control (Beijing) Co., Ltd, valves
  • OHL Gutermuth Industrial Valves GmbH, molten salt valves

The registration will be closed on Mar.16th

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With the launch of China 1st batch of 20 pilot CSP projects and the FiT of RMB 1.15/kWh, China turns to be one of the most attractive CSP markets in the world.

After 1 year previous preparation and construction, the 1st batch of 20 pilot CSP projects are steadily progressing. Part of projects move slowly because of some problems like land, financing, official approval and project economics accounting.

Being a late starter in CSP industry, China is lack of experience in project bidding, design and construction. As a result, large-scale project commissioning and O&M will be major challenges for those projects which are expected to be completed soon next year.

Another China CSP boom coming soon

China low labor and manufacturing cost and increasing input in core technology R&D facilitate cost reduction of global CSP industry.

Based on 5 GW CSP deployment target in the 13th Five-year plan, the 2nd batch CSP pilot project is expected to be initiated in the near term. Recently, some companies start the previous preparation for the next pilot projects. It’s predicted that China CSP Industry will enter into another explosive development soon.

2018 will be a crucial year for China CSP prosperity and CSP Focus China 2018 to be held in Beijing between 22th and 23 th of March is glad to be the witness.

2018 is key to China CSP industry. It’s necessary to summarize the current status of the 1st batch of 20 pilot CSP projects, experience and problems during the construction and prepare for the next batch of CSP projects.

Hot topics of the event

• In-depth policy analysis. Discover the 2nd batch demo projects deployment strategy and relevant supportive policy.
• Experience of project O&M. Learn from overseas mature project O&M knowledge to serve demo projects
• Cost reduction trend. Discuss reasons for cost dropping trend in recent years.
• Technology upgrading & innovation. Excavate future CSP development direction and business opportunities.
• Key components show. Exhibition of reliable equipment, components and services.

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The United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) has commissioned CENER (Spain´s National Renewable Energy Centre) to carry out the accreditation and development of capabilities of a new solar thermal components laboratory in Egypt. This contract is a new international recognition for CENER, in this case in the field of solar thermal energy.

Last October, at NREA (New and Renewable Energy Authority) headquarters’ in Cairo was held the project kick-off meeting. In addition to two CENER researchers, Alberto García of Jalón and Xabier Olano, representatives of different entities, such as UNIDO, ENCPC (Egypt National Cleaner Production Center), EGAC (Egyptian Accreditation Council) and EOS (Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality) participated.

In particular, specialists from the Solar Thermal Energy Department of CENER will provide advice to achieve the accreditation of a solar thermal component testing laboratory, with the aim of subsequently being able to verify both the quality of the components manufactured in Egypt and of those from other countries. In addition, the CENER researchers will also be responsible for the technical training and capacity building of the personnel that will work in the aforementioned testing laboratory.

This contract is part of a global project called “Utilization of solar energy in industrial processes in the Egyptian industry”, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UNIDO. Its main objective is to develop the market context for the promotion and local manufacture of solar thermal systems. The contract awarded to CENER focuses on one of the expected results of the project: the improvement of the manufacture, supply and distribution of the solar components and systems market. Ensuring that quality standards are met to guarantee the performance of solar systems over time

The international experience of Solar Thermal Energy Department is wide and varied. Evidence of this is the R & D projects in which it is currently working, six of which are financed by the European Commission. In addition, during this year almost 60 innovation contracts have been made with companies and private institutions. More than half have been signed with foreign companies, from countries such as China, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, or France, among other. This important international presence is proof of the excellent research work carried out by the members of the solar thermal team of CENER over the last years.

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SolarReserve has received an environmental approval from the Chilean government to build a 390 MW CSP power station with 5,100 MWh of energy storage. This important milestone marks SolarReserve’s third approval of a solar thermal project that will provide Chile with a non-intermittent, 24-hour supply of energy, at a price competitive with fossil fuel based generation.

Utilizing SolarReserve’s proprietary CSP energy storage technology, the Likana Solar Energy Project in the Antofagasta region of Chile, will be comprised of three 130 MW solar thermal towers, each with 13 hours of full load energy storage. With 5.1 GWh of total energy storage capacity, the facility will deliver 390 MW of continuous output, resulting in over 2,800 GWh generated annually. It will operate at a capacity factor and availability percentage equal to that of a fossil fired power plant, while providing a highly competitive price of power – and with zero emissions.


The Chilean transmission system will have difficulty accommodating large amounts of intermittent power. The distribution companies and mining sector require a firm, secure, and stable supply of electricity 24 hours a day. The Likana project will help lower electricity costs for Chilean families and businesses, while safeguarding grid stability.

Highly competitive price of power with no fuel price volatility

SolarReserve will be bidding energy and associated capacity, from Likana and the company’s other Chilean projects, into the upcoming auction for firm energy supply issued annually by Chile’s power distribution companies.

What’s happening in Chile is a preview of the future of CSP with energy storage around the world. Even more remarkable than baseload solar, SolarReserve set a new benchmark for CSP pricing by bidding 6.4 c$/kWh, without subsidies, in Chile’s last auction for energy supply,” said Kevin Smith, SolarReserve’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve proven that solar with thermal energy storage can compete head-to-head with conventional energy on both functionality and cost.

This achievement will have far-reaching global impacts, as grids will be able to cost-effectively incorporate solar energy that can:

• Deliver non-intermittent baseload power that is more easily integrated into existing grids, and
• Provide firm capacity to reliably meet demand during peak hours, generating when energy is most valuable, reducing cost and risk for electricity customers.

Minimal environmental impact

As part of SolarReserve’s project development and permitting process for the Likana Solar Project, the company collaborates with stakeholders and local communities to ensure minimal environmental impact. This process includes careful site selection, low water use systems, and extensive environmental studies prior to starting construction. The Likana Solar Project underwent comprehensive environmental assessment under the Chilean Impact Assessment System (Sistema de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental – SEIA) administered by the Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA), and as a result was successfully awarded an environmental qualification resolution (Resolución de Calificación Ambiental) (RCA), which is the name for the Chilean environmental permit.

Source: SolarReserve

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the bid prices of the four consortia selected to develop the 200 MW Phase 4 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park. The lowest bid submitted for this CSP project was 9.45 c$/kWh (8.47 c€/kWh, based on the exchange rate at the time of writing this article), representing a drop of almost 40% on the lowest global bid price to date. The other three bids submitted prices of between 10.58 c$/kWh and 17.35 c$/kWh (9.48 – 15.55 c€/kWh). Dubai’s record low PV price of 2.99 c$/kWh for the 800 MW Phase 2 of the MBR project demonstrated the potential for cost optimisation under the MBR Programme. As regards the 200 MW CSP tower project, Dubai targeted a cost of 8 c$/kWh

As the first commercial CSP solar tower project in the UAE, this 200 MW CSP tower project in Dubai has caught the attention of global CSP players. With a minimum of eight hours’ storage and expected to come online by 2021, the project forms part of Phase 4 of the MBR Solar Park, with a total installed capacity of 1 GW planned by 2020, and 5 GW by 2030 (including 1 GW of CSP). The project is in line with Dubai’s clean energy strategy to generate 75% of electricity from clean energies by 2050.


The tender for Phase 4 of the solar park corresponding to a CSP plant with tower technology, includes up to 12 hours of energy storage, meaning that the plant will be able to supply electricity throughout the night. It represents the first phase of a development that is expected to offer 1 GW of CSP power using tower technology. Read more..

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2017

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The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has shortlisted five consortia to bid for the phase 1 of the 800 MW Noor Midelt solar power complex. Noor Midelt is the first complex that specifies hybrid plants including both CSP and PV. Total capacity is expected to reach 400 MW, of which 150 to 190 MW would be provided by CSP with with minimum of 5 hours storage.

The consortiums officially pre-qualified are:


ACWA Power Consortium: International Company for Water and Power Projects, General Electric Company
EDF Energies Nouvelles Consortium: EDF Energies Nouvelles, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. PJSC – Masdar, Green of Africa, Sener Ingeneria Y Sistemas
ENGIE Consortium: International Power S.A (Engie) , Nareva Holding S.A., SolarReserve LLC, Solaire Direct S.A.S
Innogy SE Consortium: Innogy SE, Belectric GmbH , Ferrostaal Industrial Projects GmbH
JGC Consortium: JGC Corporation, Abener Energia S.A

The tender process was launched In July, 2016. By the deadline in November 2016, seven applicants submitted their proposals and on June 9, Masen announced five consortia officially pre-qualified. MASEN will shortly start the next stage of the tender process issuing the Request of Proposals (RFP) to the consortia.

The first phase of Noor Midelt is expected to consist of two hybrid CSP and PV plants. The capacity of the PV component is left to the bidders’ discretion, but cannot exceed the night-time net capacity from CSP by more than 20%. By design, about 3,000 ha, some 25 km to the northeast of Midelt, have been zoned for the installation of hybrid plants.

The Noor Midelt project is one of the initiatives under the Noor Solar Plan, which aims at producing a total capacity of 2,000 MW by 2020, 680 MW of which have already been successfully launched in Ouarzazate,Laayoune and Boujdour.

Morocco brokeground on its 70 MW Noor Ouarzazate IV PV plant earlier this April, which is the PV portion of the 580 MW Ouarzazate Solar Power Station. This complex consists of three CSP plants and one PV plant. The three CSP plant project (510 MW in total) is also the world largest CSP complex. It includes 160 MW Noor 1 CSP parabolic trough plant, which was completed in February 2016, and 200 MW Noor 2 CSP parabolic trough plant and 150 MW Noor 3 CSP tower plant, which are currently under development, and have reached a completion rate of 76% and 74% respectively. The Noor Ouarzazate IV PV project is scheduled for completionin the first quarter of 2018, while the 580 MW Ouarzazate solar complex is expected to be finalized by 2020.

Source: CSP Focus

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011 with the goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with power from conventional generation technologies by 2020. The initiative includes cost and performance targets for solar PV and CSP. Unlike PV, CSP technology captures and stores the sun’s energy in the form of heat, using materials that are low cost and materially stable for decades. This allows CSP with thermal energy storage (TES) to deliver renewable energy while providing important capacity, reliability and stability attributes to the grid, thereby enabling increased penetration of variable renewable electricity technologies. The technical report “Concentrating Solar Power Gen3 Demonstration Roadmap” released in January 2017 by NREL, will be used by the DOE to prioritise R&D activities leading to one or more technology pathways to be successfully demonstrated at a scale appropriate for the future commercialisation of the technology.

Today’s most advanced CSP systems are towers integrated with 2-tank, molten-salt TES, delivering thermal energy at 565°C for integration with conventional steam-Rankine power cycles. These power towers trace their lineage to the 10 MWe pilot demonstration of Solar Two in the 1990s. This design
has lowered the cost of CSP electricity by approximately 50% compared to parabolic trough systems; however, the decrease in cost of CSP technologies has not kept pace with the falling cost of PV systems.


Since the 2011 introduction of SunShot, the DOE’s CSP Subprogram has funded research in solar collector field, receiver, TES and power cycle sub-systems to improve the performance and lower the cost of CSP systems. In August 2016, the DOE hosted a workshop of CSP stakeholders that defined three potential pathways for next generation CSP (CSP Gen3) based on the form of the thermal carrier in the receiver: molten salt, particle or gaseous. Prior analysis by the DOE had selected the supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton cycle as the best-fit power cycle for increasing CSP system thermo-electric conversion efficiency. The research is designed to enable a CSP system that offers the potential to achieve the overall CSP SunShot goals. However, no one approach exists without at least one significant technical, economic or reliability risk (Figure 1). Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2017

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CSP technologies offer great potential to meet global and national goals for clean, secure and affordable energy. The MENA region has some of the world’s best solar energy resources, with a great potential for CSP power, because the technology uses both light and heat from the sun. Heat from MENA’s abundant sunshine has much greater comparative advantage than just the light. The technology to store heat improves with every project and the costs come down, meaning that soon CSP may be able to provide inexpensive solar energy 24/7 throughout the year. This means that each dollar invested in CSP will generate more energy than in other regions. Global costs of CSP will drop faster if CSP is deployed at scale in MENA. Both the region and the entire world stand to benefit.

The World Bank, with support from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) launched a Knowledge and Innovation Programme in late 2016. This three-year programme is designed primarily as a resource to address knowledge and awareness gaps; to link projects with sources of finance and technical advice; and to promote innovation to enable CSP investments in MENA to move forward faster, and in more countries. The knowledge generated in MENA could also facilitate CSP investments elsewhere in the world, creating a virtuous circle of CSP investments and cost reductions through global economies of scale and learning.


CSP technologies are dropping in price thanks to technology improvements, economies of scale and growing markets. Storing heat is also much cheaper than storing electricity, so CSP may soon be able to provide more competitive dispatchable energy and other power system services. This would have major implications for the choice of power generation technology and the management of power systems in countries with good solar resources. In addition, it would have major implications for the world and the global target of combating climate change. This is why CSP receives concessional financial support.
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Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2017

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