Technology Innovations: Solar (CSP) Grid-based
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:00
Room: Hall 1B
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) also known as Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) is capable of providing dispatchable, baseload (round the clock) and peaking solar thermal electricity. Despite its unique capabilities, there are a number of myths about CSP that need to be debunked. This paper session addresses the seven myths:
- Myth 1 – CSP like wind and solar PV is an intermittent technology and is not dispatchable
- Myth 2 – CSP unlike gas is not capable of providing peaking power
- Myth 3 – CSP unlike conventional power stations is not capable of providing round the clock baseload power
- Myth 4 – CSP is too expensive and it will always be so
- Myth 5 – CSP does not provide much localisation for industrialisation and it may be better for countries starting a CSP programme later (after 2020 or so…)
- Myth 6 – CSP deployment is expensive and inefficient for most economies Myth 7 – CSP does not contribute much to the environment as it uses water and endangers birds
Furthermore, this session presents a way forward for debate and discussion on how the SADC region could position itself as a regional hub for the development and deployment of CSP power stations, in turn contributing to industrialisation, social and economic transformation in the SADC region.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- Since CSP power stations have the ability to provide dispatchable, peaking and baseload solar power. What measures need to be put in place for SADC to become the global hub for the deployment and manufacturing of CSP components for the regional and international markets?
- For CSP power stations to become more competitive from a tariff standpoint what type of procurement framework needs to be put in place to drive down the costs of CSP?
- Would an airbus model of industrialisation and manufacturing of CSP components in SADV region where different countries manufacture certain components be a sound framework for the uptake of CSP across the region?
- Mr. Pancho Ndebele, Chief Executive Officer, Emvelo, South Africa
- Mr. Saheed Okuboyejo, OEM Representative, SASTELA Executive Committee, BrightSource Energy/SASTELA, South Africa
- Dr. Luis Crespo, President, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA), Belgium
- Mr. Chris Ehlers, Business Director Southern Africa, ACWA Power, South Africa
- Mr. Michael Geyer, Director International Business Development Europe, Africa, Middle East, Abengoa Solar, Spain
- Mr. Vikesh Rajpaul, Programme Manager – Concentrating Solar Power, Renewables Business Unit, Eskom, South Africa