Concept and status of Concentrating Solar Power systems
DLR Institute of Solar Research - Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne, Germany
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Published online: 2 October 2018
Development of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems has started about 40 years ago. A ﬁrst commercial implementation was performed between 1985 and 1991 in California. However, a drop in gas prices caused a longer period without further deployment. It was overcome in 2007 when new incentive schemes for renewables in Spain and the US enabled a commercial restart. In 2017, almost 100 commercial CSP plants with more than 5 GW are installed worldwide. This paper describes the physical background of CSP technology, its technical characteristics and concepts. Furthermore, it discusses system performances, cost structures and the expected advancement.
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