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.
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.
MUSTEC partners held the 3rd project meeting in CIEMAT premises, Madrid, on the 19-20th of November, to review the progress of work, discuss the way forward and plan the next steps. The partners identified the challenges MUSTEC should deal with, exchanged views and opinions on technical issues, as well as ways of engaging the respective stakeholders, and organized the upcoming tasks in a collaborative manner.