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Tenders Sought for 400MWp Moroccan Solar Power Projects (Int'l.)
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy
Date: 2020-02-17
In Rabat, he Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) reports the release of a Call for Tenders from independent power producers (IPPs) for the construction of several photovoltaic solar power plants to produce 400 MWp.

The tendered solar power plants, as part of Phase I of the Noor PV II Multi-Site Solar Programme, will include both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies to produce 800 MW with a storage capacity of 5 hours.

At least nine sites have been pre-selected for the implementation of the first phase of the Noor PV II Multi-Site Solar Programme. Expressions of interest are due before the month end. (Source: MASEN, MiddleEast Utilities, 16 Feb., 2020)Contact: Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, +212 5375-74550, www.masen.ma/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News MASEN,  CSP Solar,  Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy,  PV Solar ,  


US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-02-12
The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.

An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy, energy.gov/solar-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  ,  


Cubico Acquires 50MW Spanish Concentrated Solar Plant (Int'l., M&A)
Cubico
Date: 2020-02-07
The UK-based renewables investment firm Cubico Sustainable Investments is reporting the acquisition of the 50-MW Arenales Solar PS, S.L. in Seville from the Paneuropean Infrastructure Fund.

The Arenales project came online in 2008 and is designed to generate 148 GWh of electricity annually through a solar field of parabolic trough collectors. The project was constructed by OHL Industrial.

With this acquisition, Cubico holds eight assets totaling 279 MW in Spain and Portugal, including photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind energy technologies. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, reve, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Cubico Sustainable Investments , Ricardo Diaz, contact@cubicoinvest.com, +44 (0)20 3805 3900, www.cubicoinvest.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cubico,  Solar,  CSP ,  


Abengoa Inks Concentrated Solar Power Plant O&M Contract (Int'l.)
Abengoa
Date: 2020-01-24
Spanish engineering company Abengoa SA reports it has been contracted by Madrid-headquartered Ence Energia y Celulosa SA, renewable energy, pulp and forestry group, to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for 3 years at a 50-MW parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Ciudad Real province, Spain.

Abengoa's solar O&M portfolio spans 1,648 MW across photovoltaic, CSP and hybrid technologies, according to the company. (Source: Abengoa, Renewables 21 Jan., 2024) Contact: Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com; Ence Energia y Celulosa, +34 91 337 85 00, +34 91 337 85 56 - fax, info@ence.es, www.ence.es/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa ,  Solar,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar Power,  


EBRD Loans €45Mn for Moroccan Hybrid Solar Project (Int'l.)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2019-12-11
In London, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is reporting it will loan €45Mn for the development of the Noor Midelt I hybrid solar project in central Morocco.

The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), a member of the consortium developing the project, owns 30 pct of the project and guarantees the EBRD loan. Other consortium members include: EDF Renouvelables which holds 35 pct of the project and the Moroccan company Green of Africa with 10 pct; Moroccan Sustainable Energy Agency (Masen) owns the remaining 25 pct of the Noor Midelt I hybrid solar project. The Noor Midelt I power plant will combine PV solar energy and concentrated solar energy.

The project, which is expected to come in at €740 million, will be designed and constructed by Gijon, Spain-based TSK and is expected to be completed in 2022.(Source: EBRD, Afrik21, 9 Dec., 2019)Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  Solar,  


Heliogen Claims Concentrated Solar Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
Heliogen
Date: 2019-11-20
Los Angeles, California-based solar energy tech company Heliogen -- fka Edisun -- is reporting development of a way to create concentrated solar energy at temperatures hot enough to replace fossil fuels in industrial processes that contribute significantly to global carbon emissions.

The company's technology works by using cutting-edge computer vision technology to align a large array of mirrors to reflect sunlight to a precise target. The process creates heat exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit), that can replace traditional fuels such as coal, gas and oil in the production of materials such as cement, steel and petrochemicals.

The company was founded by entrepreneur and inventor Bill Gross with the backing of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund , AOL founder Steve Case, Los Angeles-based investor and entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and others. (Source: Heliogen, Geek Wire, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Heliogen, Bill Gross, CEO, Fatimah Bello, VP, Business Development 626.585.6900, hello@heliogen.com, www.heliogen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concentrated Solar,  Heliogen,  Edisun,  Solar,  


DOE Issues 2019 Concentrated Solar Power R&D Awards (Ind. Report)
DOE EERE
Date: 2019-11-08
The U.S. DOE is reporting the funding selections for $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 75 innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs while working to boost solar manufacturing, reduce red tape, and make solar systems more resilient to cyber attacks. Selections are in the following areas:
  • Photovoltaics Research and Development -- $23.6 million for 21 projects;

  • Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development -- $30 million for 13 research projects;

  • Balance of Systems Soft Cost Reduction -- $17.6 million for 19 research projects;

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $6.8 million for 7 research projects;

  • Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies -- $50 million for 15 research projects.

    Recipients list and other details are HERE.(Source: US DOE EERE, PR, reve, Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE EERE,  Solar,  Concentrated Solarr,  


  • Acciona, Tenaska Ink 4-GW U.S. Solar, Storage Deal (M&A)
    Acciona,Tenaska
    Date: 2019-10-25
    Madrid-based Acciona Energia SA reports an agreement under which Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska will acquire 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a 1-GW battery storage development portfolio of 20 U.S. projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, within the area of the PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) transmission markets.

    Acciona plans to commission the first eight projects, with some 1,200 MW of rated capacity, before the end of 2023. Tenaska, through its solar unit Tenaska Solar Ventures, will work with Acciona to finalize the development of the projects.

    Presently, Acciona has over 1,245 MW of wind power assets installed or under construction in North America, and owns and operates a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Las Vegas. (Source: Acciona, Power Engineering, Oct., 2019)Contact: Acciona Energia, www.acciona-energia.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Tenaska,  Solar,  


    Acciona Acquiring Tenaska Wind Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Acciona,Tenaska
    Date: 2019-10-23
    Madrid-based Spanish renewable energy major Acciona Energia Acciona SA is reporting an agreement to acquire 3,000 MW of utility-scale U.S. solar PV projects and a 1-GW battery storage development portfolio from Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska.

    The capacity is distributed between 20 projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, within the area of the PJM Interconnection and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) transmission markets. Acciona plans to commission the first eight projects, with some 1,200 MW of rated capacity, before the end of 2023. Tenaska, through its solar unit Tenaska Solar Ventures, will work with Acciona to finalize the development of the projects, according to the company. Acciona presently has more than 1,245 MW of wind power assets installed or under construction in North America as well as a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Las Vegas, Nevada. (Source: Acciona Energia, Power Engineering, 21 Oct., 2019)Contact: Acciona Energia, www.acciona-energia.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Solar ,  Tenaska,  Wind,  Solar,  


    NV Energy Nixes Crescent Dunes Solar Contract (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2019-10-07
    In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based NV Energy, the state's largest utility reports it is terminating its power contract with Santa Monica-based commercial-scale solar specialist SolarReserve's $1 billion, 110-MW Crescent Dunes Solar facility in Tonopah, Nevada on the grounds that the facility "failed to produce" the required amount of energy, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

    NV Energy notified the plant of the termination in June. NV Energy's grace period after defaulting on the contract ended Thursday, 3rd Oct. The lawsuit was filed in court on Wed., 2nd Oct.

    In June, NV Energy announced it was seeking to build about 1,200 mw of solar generation and nearly 600 mw of battery storage. (Source; NV Energy, Nevada Independent, 6 Oct., 2019) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Senior Corporate Communication Specialist, (775) 834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com; SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Crescent Dunes Solar,  NV Energy ,  SolarReserve,  Concentrated Solar,  


    Morocco's Midelt Solar Project Phase Two Launched (Int'l Report)
    African Energy Live Data
    Date: 2019-07-17
    Further to our 24th May report, African Energy Live Data is reporting pre-qualification has begun for phase two of the giant Midelt solar project in Morocco. The project, which is part of the Noor programme managed by the Rabat-based Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), incorporates both concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

    The first 800MW phase was awarded to a consortium of France's EDF, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and Green of Africa in May. Initial plans were for the first phase to consist of two separate hybridised CSP and PV plants. The CSP component of each project was planned to be around 150-190MW and the PV component 150-210MW, making a maximum of 400MW for each plant. A similar structure was contemplated for the second phase but this appears to have been rejected in favour of a single plant.

    The second phase preferred bidder will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be constructed roughly 20 km north of Midelt on plains around the Moulouya River.

    The project company will also sign a 25-year PPA with MASEN and will be owned by a lead member, expected to hold at least 35 pct , as well as a technical member holding 5 pct. MASEN will likely take a 25 pct stake in both the project company and the operations and maintenance company. The second phase is expected to be built on a turnkey basis through a lump sum fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract.

    MASEN notes the Noor-Ouarzazate I solar project achieved 32 pct industrial integration, while Noor Ouarzazate II and III both reached 35 pct. (Source: African Energy Live Data, ESI Africa, July, 2019) Contact: African Energy Live Data, www.africa-energy.com/live-data; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma/en; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Noor Solar,  MASDAR,  


    EDF, Masdar Consortium Scores Moroccan Solar Project (Int'l.)
    EDF Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-24
    A consortium led by French EDF Renewables, in collaboration with UAE renewables developer and operator Masdar, and the Moroccan company Green of Africa reports it has been awarded a tender to build an 800-MW solar plant near the Moroccan city of Midelt. The $751.5 million Noor Midelt I solar project, which will incorporate a hybrid system of concentrated solar plant (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, is part of Morocco's goal to produce 42 pct of its electrical power from renewable energy by 2020 and 52 percent by 2030. (Source: EDF Renewables, Middle East Utilities, 23 May, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Solar,  Masdar,  


    Saudis Unveil Seven Solar Projects Worth $1.5Bn (Int'l. Report)
    Saudi Arabia,Solar
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In Saudi Arabia, as part of the country's Vision 2030 economic diversification push, seven photovoltaic solar power projects totaling 1.52 GW and worth $1.51bn (SAR5.6bn) have launched on the side-lines of the recently concluded Saudi Elenex exhibition.

    Saudi Arabia plans to use renewable energy such as solar (40 GW), wind (16 GW), and concentrated solar (3 GW) through large-scale investments by 2030, according to a report by state news agency, SPA. Speaking in Abu Dhabi on 15 January, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, said at least 12 renewable energy projects would be launched in 2019 as the kingdom diversifies its energy sector away from petrodollars. (Source: SPA, Middle East Utilities, May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Arabia,  Solar,  


    Dubai Plans World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power System (Int'l)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In the UAE, Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power reports it has been selected as the primary team for a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) system to be constructed in Seih Al-Dahal, 30 miles south from Dubai. When commissioned and online in 2030, the project is expected to produce 950 MW of power total -- 250 megawatts from PV panels and a further 700 from CSP.

    The Dubai CSP project's project molten salt tanks will store 15 hours of capacity. The project will involve building an 853-foot solar tower, which its developers claim will be the largest in the world. The solar park as a whole is expected to produce 5 GW gigawatts when completed. (Source: ACWA Power, Inverse, April, 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, +971 4 248 0800, www.acwapower.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  ACWA Power,  


    DEWA Seeking Dubai Concentrated Solar Power Park Developer (Int'l)
    DEWA
    Date: 2019-03-04
    In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for qualification for developers to construct and operate the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a capacity of 900MW. The fifth phase is expected to be commissioned in stages starting from Q2 of 2021.

    The 5,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar park of its kind in the world. The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013 using photovoltaic solar panels while the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park started operations in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020 while the fourth phase of the solar park will feature the tallest solar tower in the world at 260 metres and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.

    The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 calls for 75 pct of Dubai's total power output to be sourced from clean energy by 2050. (Source: DEWA, reve, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Solar,  


    DEWA Tendering 900MW CSP Solar in Dubai (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Following up on our November 7, 2018 coverage, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reports the issuance of a tender for 900MW of solar power located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- one of the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) developments.

    The tender follows Dubai's regional neighbour Abu Dhabi's 2GW solar tender via the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term PPA. (Source: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Middle East Utilities, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Dubai Electricity & Water Authority,  


    Acciona Completes South African CSP Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In South Africa, Acciona Industrial and Sener is reporting construction of the 100MW Kathu concentrated solar plant (CSP) has been completed and commercial operations are now underway. Construction of the plant, owned by an Engie-led consortium, started in 2016.

    The Kathu facility, which incorporates Sener's parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system, is part of the South African Department of Energy's Integrated Resource Programme 2010. The program aims to increase the country's power generation capacity to 86.8GW by 2030, of which 24 pct will be renewable. (Source: Acciona, renews, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com; South African Department of Energy, www.energy.gov.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  CSP,  Conentrated Solar Power,  


    Sahara NOOR CSP Solar Projects Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Power Construction Corporation of China
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Beijing-based Power Construction Corporation of China, is reporting construction of the NOOR II and NOOR III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway city to the Sahara Desert, has been completed and both facilities are now online.

    The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid. The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release. (Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999, +86 1 058381621 - fax., www.powerchina.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  Power Construction Corporation of China,  


    DEWA Adding 250 MW of PV to 700-MW Dubai CSP Project (Int'l)
    DEWA
    Date: 2018-11-07
    In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it will expand its 700-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai with an additional 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) component.

    The project is the fourth phase of the 5-GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that combines CSP and PV technologies. (Source: DEWA, PR, Renewables, Others, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Solar,  CSP Solar,  


    ContourGlobal Confirms 50-MW Iberdrola CSP Purchase Talks (M&A)
    ContourGlobal,Iberdrola
    Date: 2018-10-19
    London-headquartered worldwide thermal and renewalble power plant owner ContourGlobal Plc is confirming discussions with the Spanish utility Iberdrola SA for the possible purchase of Iberdrola's 50-MW, Puertollano concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The deal is reportedly valued at between €150 million and €190 million. (Source: ContourGlobal, El Economista, Renewables 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ContourGlobal, +44 (0)20 7404 5959, www.contourglobal.com: Iberdrola Renewables, http://iberdrolarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ContourGlobal,  CSP,  Solar,  Iberdrola,  


    DEWA Seeking Chinese Renewable Energy Partners (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking Chinese partners for the development of green energy sources and will, over the next 30 years, invest approximately $8.2 billion in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

    DEWA expects to generate 25 pct of its power from solar by 2030, increasing to 75 pct by 2050. To that end, the city commissioned the world's largest single-site solar park for Dubai in October 2013. The facility aims to have a 5,000 megawatt capacity by 2030, with a fifth coming from concentrated solar power. (Source: DEWA, PR, Yicai Global, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Exec. VP Business Development, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    India's Solar Industry Funded to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank, International Solar Alliance
    Date: 2018-10-01
    In a boost to India's solar industry, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will bridge the urban financing gap with Global Urbis, launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and expand solar energy through the International Solar Alliance.

    Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.

    The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.

    The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.

    The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies. (Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383, +27 21 202 0388, urbis@iclei.org, http://urbis.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  Climate Change,  


    Moroccan NOOR III CSP Solar Project Well Underway (Int'l)
    NOOR III
    Date: 2018-09-10
    From the Moroccan capital city of Rabat, the Chinese new agency Xinhua is reporting China's Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. is constructing the world's tallest CSP solar tower near the city of Ouarzazate. The tower is part of Morocco's Noor III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project.

    The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.

    Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate. The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target. Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe. (Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Solar,  CSP Solar,  


    Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2018-06-18
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

    Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

    Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and CSP Market 2018-2023 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage
    Date: 2018-06-11
    Thr Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market Report provides the analysis on the current state of, and forecasts for, the Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry to help develop innovative strategies. The report includes CSP industry volume, market revenue, market share, market trends, range applications, and pricing during the forecast period from 2018 to 2023.

    Report details HERE. (Source: MarketBiz,PR, June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage,  


    Abengoa Lands $650Mn Dubai CSP Project Contract (Int'l)
    Shanghai Electric Group,Abengoa SA
    Date: 2018-05-11
    Abengoa SA reports it has been selected to partner with Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd for a $650 million (€549 million) concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai.

    The project is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) four-phase Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power complex. The 100-MW project will incorporate a 100-MW central tower and three 200-MW facilities of parabolic trough CSP technology provided by Agengoa. Shanghai Electric is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. (Source: Shanghai Electric Group, Renewables, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Shanghai Electric Group, www.shanghai-electric.com; Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shanghai Electric Group,  Abengoa SA ,  CSP,  


    DEWA 300MW CSP Tender Planned for Early 2019 (Int'l. Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is planning to launch a 300MW tender for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with storage in Q1, 2019. The project will to be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park where the phased development is targeting 5GW of capacity by 2030.

    A consortium led by Abu Dhabi's Masdar and France's EDF Group are expected to complete for the 2020 third phase of the project and have reportedly arranged $650 million in financing to that end. (Source: DEWA, The National, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  CSP Solar,  Solar ,  


    Dubai Touting World's Largest CSP Solar Park Project (Int'l)
    Concentrated Solar
    Date: 2018-03-28
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting ground breaking of a 700 MW solar project touted as "the world's biggest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project," near Al Qudra.

    The completed CSP project is expected to provide clean energy to over 270,000 homes in Dubai, estimated to cut 1.4 million tpy of power generation-related carbon emissions. The $13.5 billion CSP project will altogether generate 1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. (Source: DEWA, Gulf News UA Environment, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

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    Italian Energy Giant Targets 1GW of Renewables by 2021 (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2018-03-21
    In Rome, energy giant Eni reports it plans to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025. To that end, the company plans to invest €1.2 billion between 2018 and 2021 to meet its new targets, with at least a further €600 million invested on wider decarbonization plans, it added.

    The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy. The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed. Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en

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    Aalborg CSP Solar System Facility Launched in Denmark (Int'l)
    Aalborg CSP
    Date: 2018-03-21
    Denmark-based Aalborg CSP reports the opening of a €45 million ($55.2 million) solar renewable heat and power facility in the town of Brønderslev, Denmark. The facility is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the world to integrate concentrated solar power and a biomass boiler while also using Organic Rankine Cycle to turn the energy into district heating and electricity.

    info@aalborgcsp.com, www.aalborgcsp.com

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    $3.9Bn Dubai CSP Project Awarded to ACWA Power (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2017-09-22
    Following up on our Jan. 25th coverage, in the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has awarded a 700 MW concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project to Riyahd, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power.

    The project, which is expected to cost nearly $4 billion, will combine tower and trough technologies and use scale and local infrastructure synergies to set a new benchmark price of $73/MWh for CSP with storage.

    The project is the fourth development phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) 1 GW Solar Park increasing to increasing to 5 GW by 2030.(Source: DEWA, ESI Africa, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: ACWA Power, Andrea Lovato, Bus. Dev. Dir., +966 11 2835500, www.acwapower.com; DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

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    Cleanergy's $575Mn Stirling CSP Project Underway in China (Int'l)
    Cleanergy,Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies.
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Stirling engine-based renewable energy solutions provider Cleanergy AB reports it has begun installation of its Stirling concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in China, for a 200MW project for Beijing-based Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies. The $575 million deal included the manufacturing, installation and development of Cleanergy's advanced Stirling CSP technology in China.

    Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality. The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage. (Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, alexander.vestin@cleanergy.com, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn

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    Namibia Announces New Biomass Power Plans (Int'l Report)
    NamPower
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Namibian power utility NamPower, part of the Southern African Power Pool, reports plans to construct a 40MW biomass power plant at Otjiwarongo and another 20MW power plant around the Otavi area. said in an interview that tenders will soon go out for A third 150MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant will be built in the Arandis area.

    NamPower will holda 51 pct stake in the power plants and farm out 49 pct to interested investors, including contractors and financial institutions. Construction of the CSP power plant will take up to three- and-a-half years, while timelines on the biomass projects have not been revealed. (Source: NamPower, The Namibian, Bioenergy Insights, 2 May, 2017) Contact: NamPower, Simson Haulofu, Managing Director, +264 (61) 205 4111, webinfo@nampower.com.na, www.nampower.com.na

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