China’s ‘first’ commercial concentrated solar plant produces power

It has a total capacity of 50MW plant – equivalent to the electricity produced by 60,000 tonnes of coal a year

US awards $53m to advance solar energy technologies

The projects aim to lower the cost of solar power and support a growing workforce

UK uni contributes to concentrated solar in Egypt

The site features a combination of advanced solar energy-producing technologies, a water desalination process and a cooling unit

Dubai starts fourth phase of giant concentrated solar plant

The 700MW project is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, claimed to be the biggest of its kind in the world

New solar in Dubai ‘to save 2.4m tonnes of emissions’

A proposed concentrated solar power (CSP) plant near Dubai is expected to save 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. The 700MW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, to be developed by ACWA Power, will be spread over the equivalent area of more than 4,500 football fields. It will be mostly made up of […]

Tunisia focuses on solar exports with giant facility

A proposed concentrated solar power (CSP) facility in Tunisia could export large amounts of energy to Europe. If the project is approved by the North African country’s government, energy company TuNur could start building the facility in the Rjim Maatoug region. The facility would use thousands of mirrors to focus concentrated solar energy onto a […]

EU backs 100MW solar project in South Africa

A solar power project in South Africa is getting a major boost as the EU bank is providing funding worth R1.4 billion (£77m). The 100MW Ka Xu Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant, located in the Northern Cape, will have an integrated storage system which can store excess energy during off-peak hours and dispatch it when […]

US awards $10m for concentrating solar energy storage

Six new research and development projects that will help advance concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies have been given $10 million (£5.9m) in total by the US Government. CSP technologies use mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight onto a single point where it is used to heat up a liquid, produce steam and turn turbines to […]

New $30m US fund for solar research projects

A $30 million (£19.7m) programme to develop new cost-effective solar energy technologies is soon to be launched in the US. The US Department of Energy announced the fund from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will be made available to engage the nation’s top scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to research and develop new solar technologies. […]

Spain reigns Europe’s plains for concentrated solar power

Spain clearly reigns in Europe when it comes to concentrated solar power as new figures show more than 99% of the continent’s projects are situated in the sunny nation. Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors or lenses to reflect the sun’s rays onto a single point where it is used to heat up a […]