Developers must supplement lower capex costs with improved plant performance in the ramp-up years to lower risk margins harming the competitiveness of CSP plants, industry experts told New Energy Update.
Dubai's 200 MW CSP tender framework offers potential cost savings from engineering through to operations and new entrants from China could help lower prices, Inaki Perez, Solar Team Leader at Mott MacDonald, DEWA's Technical Advisor, said at the MENA New Energy 2017 conference.
Improved technology and installation practices are driving down CSP costs and rapid expansion in China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will accelerate cost reductions in the coming years, experts said at the MENA New Energy 2017 conference on April 25-26.
Rioglass is preparing to deploy temperature-resistant receivers on utility-scale molten salt storage plants in a move set to boost competitiveness of parabolic trough technology, Jeroen Van Schijndel, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Rioglass, said.
Kathu plant construction activity is set to peak this year and the Engie-led developer group is integrating new work contracts and training schemes following unexpected demands from local business groups, Cedric Faye, CEO of Kathu Solar Park at Engie, said.
Developers must overcome limited build experience and China’s severe weather challenges to meet tight construction deadlines set out in the country’s first large-scale deployment program, industry experts said.
Growing power demand and desalination needs present a major opportunity for new CSP with storage to complement rising PV dispatch in Saudi Arabia’s renewables push, industry experts told New Energy Update.