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Clean Power CSP Cost, Trends, & Types (Exclusive Interview With CSP Expert In Abu Dhabi)

Published on January 24th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


CSP Cost, Trends, & Types (Exclusive Interview With CSP Expert In Abu Dhabi)

Originally published on Solar Love.

On my recent (second) trip to Shams 1, the world’s largest single-unit concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, I took the opportunity to ask CSP experts Abdulaziz Al Obaidli and Yousif Al Ali some questions regarding CSP research and trends. I also had Abdulaziz Al Obaidli provide a short overview of the different types of CSP on the market — since CSP isn’t just one technology. Here’s the video I created from pieces of those interviews:

Of course, in a lot of cases, the most important factor is simply cost. It’s interesting to hear that CSP is getting down to 19–25 cents per kWh — still much more expensive than solar PV, but progress is being made.

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  • Jis George

    The booster heaters in Shams 1, does each have a 25MWe capacity? I am asking this question as I understand that almost 50 MWe is generated by the two booster heaters.

  • Henry

    Thanks for the video, a microphone windsock would help hear what’s being said.

    • wattleberry

      Hear, hear!

  • Matt

    Zac, you have some great charts for EVs, PV and Wind. But many people have “issues” with log plots and the data gets smash on linear. If you add a yearly installed that was a percent of the market at the beginning of the year. I would be clearer just how fast the world is changing. Finding the best way to open the general population to the true is so important now. Keep up the good work!

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