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.
Concentrated Solar Power has the potential to produce 10% of South Africa’s electricity requirements but grid connections need to be improved in key solar Provinces like the Northern Cape, Nandu Bhula, CEO of ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort, said.
The development of scalable storage-only technology, using electricity to heat molten salts, would help reduce costs for CSP projects, Justin Raade, CEO of energy storage systems supplier Halotechnics, said.
The development of scalable storage-only technology, using electricity to heat molten salts, would help reduce costs for CSP projects, Justin Raade, CEO of energy storage systems sup-plier Halotechnics, said.
Lebanese engineering firm Phoenix Energy has developed a dish Stirling CSP system for off-grid use but its mass production is being held back by the lack of competitively priced 1-5 kW Stirling engines, Dany Kaddoum, project manager at Phoenix Energy, said.
CSP suppliers and developers will need to focus on local content and local presence, in addition to component cost reductions, to be successful in the growing Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market, Jeroen van Schijndel, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Rioglass, told CSP Today.
CSP Today and PV Insider are proud to annoucne the finalists of the first ever MENASOL Awards to be held in Dubai on the 13th May 2015. The awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner following the networking drinks of the award winning 7th annual Menasol conference.
South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, announced last week that the government will issue a "request for further proposals" (RFP) for projects across all technology types from bidders who were unsuccessful in rounds one to four of the programme.
This week’s CSP Today news brief includes the following companies and organisations: South Africa Ministry of Energy; Sastela; Acciona; Abengoa, HSBC, Citigroup, Bankia, Credit Agricole CIB, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, Santander, Société Générale and Goldman Sachs.
This article is the second of The Expert Column Series, a space where two experts present their opinions on a topic proposed by CSP Today. This time, Simon Stevens (Bracewell & Guiliani) and Kevin Smith (SolarReserve) discuss the present sentiment toward the costs of CSP.