Results

Reports on stakeholders' consultation and engagement

Report: Socio-political acceptance findings

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.

Reports on Lessons Learnt so far for the uptake of CSP projects

Report: Potential Obstacles for the Use of Cooperation Mechanisms for CSP in the Future

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.

Report: Analysis of the Drivers and Barriers to the Market Uptake of CSP in the EU

Identifying the specific barriers and drivers that affect CSP deployment is a necessary exercise before specific policy measures can be proposed, activating those drivers or removing the associated barriers.

Report: Analysis of the barriers to the use of the cooperation mechanisms for renewable energy in the EU

Aiming to provide Member States with flexibility and cost-effectiveness in their effort to achieve both EU and National binding RES targets, Directive 2009/28/EC set the legal framework for the use of cooperation mechanisms among MS.

Reports on CSP case studies

Report: Evaluation of the Pros and Cons of Different Alternative CSP Projects and Policy Implications

This report provides an analytical/methodological framework to assess the pros and cons of different types of CSP projects, which are potentially suitable for cooperation, as mediated by their impact on a set of assessment variables and intermediate factors (drivers and barriers to CSP cooperation, policy goals and context factors).

Report: Selection of representative and strategic CSP/STE projects potentially suitable for cooperation

This report focuses on the selection and presentation of a set of project typologies that could be deployed at commercial scale and are considered by industry as “representative” for what can be marketed today.

Reports on Policy Pathways for CSP

Report: Current Project Structures and Financing Opportunities for CSP Projects

This report aims to identify the existing business models for CSP structuring and financing opportunities across Europe, providing thus the base for the derivation of new appropriate models. It is demonstrated that overall the CSP industry has been forced to make adjustments to its original business models, by adding additional services and covering more stages of the CSP value chain. Moreover, due to the CSP deployment rates, they have been forced to modify their value proposition, by adding other technologies.

Report: Policy pathways for the energy transition in Europe and selected European countries

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.