An Action Plan is a proposed strategy or course of action. Specifically, it’s a document that lists the steps needed to achieve a goal, it clarifies what resources will be needed to reach that goal, it presents a timeline for the tasks to get to that goal and it determines which stakeholders need to be involved to implement the aspired changes.
The new Special Issue (SI) titled “Dispatchable RES and flexibility in high RES penetration scenarios: solutions for further deployment” has been published in the Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy Journal of Taylor & Francis Group! EC H2020 MUSTEC project provided the analytical framework for many of the papers in this SI.
Concentrating solar power (CSP) is one of the few renewable power technologies capable of generating dispatchable electricity on demand. As such, it could have a key role to play in the transition of the European power system, both to supply bulk renewable power and to balance fluctuating wind power and solar PV. Despite this, CSP is a non-issue on most European policy agendas.
The 3rd issue of the MUSTEC Working Document series covers the work carried out under Work Package 6 of the Project on Policy and Market Analysis. Section 1 provides an overview of the support mechanisms utilised so far for CSP deployment. Section 2 delves into the CSP industry survey conducted under MUSTEC, which was focalised on the business models in place for CSP. CSP projects can be particularly complicated, entailing a great range of stakeholders across the entire business process.
Even though the value of CSP as a dispatchable RE technology that can add to system stability is widely acknowledged and the cost for electricity generated by CSP has dropped significantly in the past years, global CSP deployment has recently shifted away from the former front-runner countries in Europe to markets in Asia and the MENA region.
Update: The MUSTEC Spanish workshop took place online on 4th of November 2020. The workshop aimed at generating ideas to facilitate the acceptance of future CSP joint projects between the North and South of Europe. It was focused on the perceived risks and benefits as important determinants for the acceptance of this kind of projects.