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.
Gustav Resch (TU Wien) and Richard Thonig (IASS) represented MUSTEC at the digital “Policy panel” of SolarPACES conference on the 28th – 29th of September 2020. The presentations were focused on CSP Integration, Markets, and Policy and more specifically, discuss the role that Chinese CSP can play for the world, as well as the ongoing decarbonization of the European Power Sector and how CSP can contribute to this target.
This report assesses a series of potential impacts associated to the future deployment of CSP cooperation projects, such as socioeconomic, social and environmental impacts. These have not been accounted for in the modeling exercise but may become an obstacle or a driver for the successful deployment of such projects.
This report informs on a model - based assessment of the future market uptake of CSP in Europe. The modelling works undertaken combined two core elements: a power system analysis, identifying the need for CSP in a decarbonised European electricity system of tomorrow, and an energy policy analysis to assess implications for and impacts of dedicated support policies for CSP and other renewables.
The June Issue of the MUSTEC Working Document series has now been published. The report’s objective is to provide a bottom-up comprehensive analysis of alternative types of CSP projects which in line with the current applicable trends are potentially suitable for the cooperation mechanisms. In this framework, also the 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 is presented.
A new series of MUSTEC outputs has been launched, with the first MUSTEC Working Document for May 2020 being now available. This document summarises the main MUSTEC findings for policy makers regarding the lessons learnt and key factors affecting CSP, the cooperation mechanisms, and consequently the obstacles encountered by the cooperation mechanisms for CSP.
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers flexible and decarbonised power generation and is, as a solar power-based balancing opportunity, able to contribute to the transition towards sustainable and stable future electricity systems. To have this technology available for the generation portfolio in Europe when it will be needed, certain conditions in the electricity systems have to be met.