CSP workshop on policy and strategy for growth
Day: Sunday, 4th of October
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Room: Auditorium 2
The principal feature of CSP technology is the concentration of solar radiation through mirror systems to achieve high temperatures (200 – 1000+ °C) heat that can be used to produce power using conventional power conversion technology (steam cycles e. g. as in carbon fired power plants), but using solar energy as a clean and abundant primary source. The high temperature heat can also be used to drive chemical processes and produce e. g. hydrogen. As a very important feature, the heat generated as first step can also be stored and used to produce dispatchable power, even when there is no sunshine available.
This storage possibility of CSP helps to adapt better to demand profiles then other, intermittent renewable energy technologies (Wind, PV). In many regions of Africa solar radiation is abundant and can be harvested well with CSP plants to supply the fast growing energy demand of it´s growing economies. Especially in South Africa, the ability to adapt to the load curve of the country is recognized and fostered by a specific remuneration scheme that guarantees a much higher remuneration to CSP plant operators for power supplied during e. g. evening peak demand hours.
This workshop will highlight the current status and perspectives of CSP technology with a special focus on it´s potential role in South Africa.
SolarPACES, STERG, Stellenbosch University
16:00: Welcome and introductions
16:05: CSP in IEA climate-friendly scenarios
16:25: The role of storage: the Spanish experience
16:45: (Louis) The Role of CSP in the future (South) African energy mix – an industry perspective
17:05: (Paul Gauche) Helio100 as specific example of smart localization
List of speakers:
- Prof Wikus van Niekerk, Stellenbosch University (Chair)
- Mr Cedric Philibert, International Energy Agency
- Dr Luis Crespo, ESTELA
- Dr Louis van Heerden, SASTELA
- Mr Paul Gauche, STERG