REPORT: ACTION PLAN AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COLLABORATIVE CSP DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE

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.

SPECIAL ISSUE: DISPATCHABLE RES AND FLEXIBILITY IN HIGH RES PENETRATION SCENARIOS

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.

REPORT: GEOPOLITICS AND ENERGY SECURITY OF CSP DEPLOYMENT FOR DOMESTIC USE AND INTRA-EUROPEAN TRADE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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.

CSP POLICY AND MARKET ANALYSIS

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.

MARCH 22ND, 2021, FINAL CONFERENCE OF "MARKET UPTAKE OF SOLAR THERMAL ELECTRICITY THROUGH COOPERATION" MUSTEC PROJECT

UPDATE: The Final Conference of the “Market Uptake of Solar Thermal Electricity through Cooperation” MUSTEC project was successfully conducted online on 22nd of March.

The Conference slides are available for download:

MUSTEC Brief Presentation

MUSTEC Key Messages

MUSTEC ONLINE SURVEY ON “MEASURES TO SUPPORT CSP DEVELOPMENT THROUGHT COOPERATION PROJECTS IN EUROPE

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.

MUSTEC WORKSHOP ON "HOW TO FACILITATE THE ACCEPTANCE OF CSP COOPERATION PROJECTS BETWEEN NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN EUROPE"

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.

SEPTEMBER 28TH – 29TH, 2020, 26TH SolarPACES CONFERENCE, ONLINE EVENT

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.

REPORT: SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT OF FUTURE CSP COOPERATION PROJECTS IN EUROPE

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.