Washington, D.C. [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] While the expanding PV markets are making mainstream news, the concentrating solar power (CSP) markets have had similar growth trends in relative obscurity outside of the renewable industry. These solar power plants are just that, power plants, which, once the high temperature solar heat is collected, look and act like something the electricity utility is more familiar with, providing sizeable megawatts with optional storage to firm the supply-demand relationship.
Mike Taylor, Director of Research at the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), recently accompanied the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on a tour of concentrating solar power plants and research facilities in southern Spain. SEPA has released a multimedia presentation showcasing these projects. The presentation summarizes some CSP basics and provides an abbreviated tour of the three locations they visited in Sevilla, Granada, and Alemeria, Spain.
The presentation (.pdf and .mp3) can be downloaded from SEPA.
In addition to this presentation, SEPA has announced that its 2008 Conference Call Series will begin on Thursday January 10, 2008. The first call, titled “Utility ownership of the inverter – Why it makes sense,” will take place at 11am PST / 2pm EST. For more information visit SEPA online.