This is the response to a TI-UP Helpdesk enquiry for a report on
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies to confirm or otherwise
whether CSP is an option for Africa. It covers the key CSP technologies,
concentrating photovoltaics, solar parabolic troughs, linear Fresnel
collectors, solar power tower, dish Stirling engines, updraft towers and
the integration into conventional power plants. This report describes
the key technologies, their current status and current and planned
installations in Sections 2 and 3. Indicative capital and levelised
energy costs for CSP plants are given in Section 4. In Section 5, the
potential for using CSP in Africa is discussed, including incentive
measures to encourage the development of CSP plants in this region.
This resource was produced by TI-UP – a DFID-funded resource centre for
technology, infrastructure and urban planning, managed by IMC Worldwide
IT Power. Concentrating solar power in Africa, April 2009. TI-UP Resource Centre, London, UK (2009) 37 pp.