In order to assess the barriers and drivers and, most important, to identify concrete opportunities and policies for CSP trade within Europe, MUSTEC combines a multidisciplinary analysis with capacity building activities for key stakeholders such as Member States policy makers, regulators, civil society representatives, industrial players, project developers, etc. The MUSTEC approach envisages three analytical steps:
[PAST] Historical background: we identify and base our further analyses on the lessons learnt from past cooperation initiatives and experiences from historical CSP development.
[PRESENT] Current market conditions and policy framework: we analyse main structural constraints and push factors in regulatory/policy and market environments for CSP deployment and, in particular, for CSP cooperation projects in Europe including an analysis of advantages and disadvantages of alternative CSP project case studies.
[FUTURE] Possible scenarios and alternative futures: we explore and identify possible future transition pathways of the European power system, including both the role that CSP could play in different renewable electricity futures and the futures in which other renewables can shoulder the decarbonisation themselves and in which CSP may not play a critical role. As a result of an integrated assessment and complementary feasibility analysis (geopolitical feasibility, social acceptance, externalities assessment), MUSTEC will identify concrete CSP cooperation opportunities in Europe and the required policies to enable these specific cooperation projects.