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GDF Suez To Build 5 MW CSP Plant In Chile

A pilot plant should operate from early 2012, say the developers. The steam's offtaker will be E-CL, GDF Suez's electricity company in Chile's northern electric system.

“This project is aligned with GDF Suez Group’s intention to incorporate renewable and clean energy in its own energy mix, as well as with the development of innovative and effective solutions for our clients,” said Jan Flachet, head of GDF Suez Energy Latin America.

A solar boiler based on Solar Power Group’s Fresnel technology will receive solar irradiation from an array of mirrors to generate steam that can raise the Mejillones plant’s fuel efficiency and cut its coal consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

“This project is a first step to unlock the potential of solar energy in the north of Chile,” said E-CL’s CEO Lode Verdeyen.

Chilean policy has promoted renewables since 2004 with an aim of cutting dependency on fossil fuel imports. Solar thermal energy has mostly been developed in the country’s north, where solar radiation levels can exceed that of the Sahara desert.

Under Chile’s new energy law 20.257, 5% of total production in new energy contracts must come from non-conventional sources. By 2024 renewables should contribute 10% of total energy production.


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Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Green investing used to be synonymous with losing money. But while the S&P 500 Index is up 2 percent this year, and the MSCI All-Country World Index is up 5 percent, clean energy ETFs have double-digit re...

Wheels, Towers and Trees: Unconventional Renewable Energy Technologies in the Pipeline

Andrew Williams, International Correspondent A number of companies around the world are developing novel technologies in an effort to grab a slice of the global renewable energy market.  Although many of these technologies are simple incremental improvements to e...
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UK Government Names Clean Energy Cabinet Members

David Appleyard, Contributing Editor With the UK general election now over and a majority Conservative Party government in place, the re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has now named key members of the government charged with steering the UK’s clean energ...

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm. In a nutshell, microgrids are localized power grids that ha...


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