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Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology uses mirrors to reflect sunlight and collects solar heat to drive steam turbines or engines to create electricity. A CSP plant can generate power for about 70,000 homes, thus being a major player in the utility-scale solar market. It does not contribute to climate change and greenhouse emissions, and the source of energy – the sun – will never run out. The cumulative installed CSP capacity was 4.64 Gigawatts (GW) in 2015, and is expected to increase to 12.68 GW by 2025. Key requisites for successful project development include: investment; location; land; water resources and grid connectivity. There are four types of CSP plants: parabolic trough, Fresnel reflector, central tower and solar dish, which differ in design, configuration of mirrors and receivers, use of heat transfer fluid and heat storage. The viewpoint also provides information on comparative analysis of CSP technologies with its current and future developments; drivers influencing solar CSP development and information on the global CSP demand outlook.


Data on Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology with plant variants

Data on key requisites for successful project development

Information on comparative analysis of CSP technologies with its current and future developments

Drivers influencing solar CSP development

Information on the global CSP demand outlook

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Understand information related to various solar CSP technologies

Understand CSP technologies with and without storage

Identify key requisites for successful CSP project development

Identify drivers influencing development of solar CSP

Identify current and future solar CSP developments

Comprehend the difference between solar CSP and solar PV

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Table of Contents

1Table of Contents 1

1.1List of Tables 1

1.2List of Figures 1

2Solar Thermal Power Outlook 2

2.1Global CSP Demand Outlook 2

2.2Key Requisites for Successful Project Development 2

2.3Solar CSP Plant Variants 3

2.4Comparative Analysis of CSP Technologies 6

2.5Solar CSP and Solar PV 6

2.6Drivers Influencing Solar CSP Development 7

2.7Current and Future Developments 8

3Appendix 8

3.1Abbreviations 8

3.2Bibliography 8

3.3Methodology 9

3.4Contact Us 10

3.5Disclaimer 11

List of Tables

Table 1: Parabolic Trough with and without storage 4

Table 2: Comparison of CSP Technologies 6

Table 3: Comparison between Solar PV and Solar CSP 7

Table 4: Cumulative Installed CSP Capacity by Country, MW, 2010-30 9

Table 5: Abbreviations 9

List of Figures

Figure 1: Cumulative Installed CSP Capacity, (GW), 2014-2025 2

Figure 2: Parabolic Trough Plant without Thermal Storage 4

Figure 3: Parabolic Trough Plant with Thermal Storage 4

Figure 4: Linear Fresnel Reflector Basic Scheme 5

Figure 5: Central Tower with Direct Steam Generation 5

Figure 6: Central Tower with Molten Salt and Heat Storage 5

Figure 7: Solar Dish Scheme 6


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