This report focuses on the socio-political acceptance of the implementation of cooperation projects of the RES Directive to supply electricity from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants in the South of Europe to Central and Northern Europe, aiming to provide a comprehensive picture of the views of the different stakeholders on cooperation mechanisms for CSP.
This report provides an integrated analytical framework to identify the drivers and barriers to the use of cooperation mechanisms for CSP deployment, empirically identifies those drivers and barriers and ranks them according to the views of different types of stakeholders. Our findings demonstrate the most significant barriers to be the higher costs of CSP compared to other renewables (on an LCOE basis), heterogeneous regulated energy prices and support schemes, resistance to lose sovereignty over energy market and existing interconnections capacities.
Ten years ago, CSP was a technology that most people were not aware of. This report maps the expansion, cost development as well as technologic and industrial trends of CSP over the last decade, drawing conclusions about the status and outlook for the continuous expansion of CSP, both at a European and a global level. You may download the report here.
This report investigates the potential future need for and role of two of the main dispatchable renewable power sources available in Europe – CSP equipped with thermal storage and dispatchable hydropower (dam and pumped hydro). The generated data – which will subsequently be fed into two different modelling frameworks in the MUSTEC and SCCER JA IDEA consortia – describe the policy pathways of a set of European countries.
The market uptake of CSP largely depends on the policy decisions to be adopted at the EU level. This report explores a number of different policy variables to be considered in the development of alternative policy pathways, focusing on those accessible to change by European policy-makers.You may download the report here.