This study, conducted between November 2012 and January 2013,
investigates the potential for UK intervention to accelerate the
deployment of small-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) in various
developing countries, with a focus on industrial process heat
applications, and rural or on-grid or off-grid power or combined heat
and power applications. The project covered a number of low carbon
development priority countries across three regions: India, Latin
America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Within those regions, India, Kenya and
Chile were chosen for detailed research. For the purposes of this
research, small-scale was defined as 100kW up to 2MW, and all relevant
CSP technology types were included.
The report sets out the need for an intervention by:
identifying the barriers and market failures that are hindering
demonstration and deployment, and estimating the potential benefits
that could be unlocked by addressing them;
reviewing and capturing the lessons learned from existing experience
of demonstration and deployment of small-scale CSP;
assessing delivery mechanisms for an intervention to support and
scale-up deployment of the relevant small-scale CSP applications.
Rawlins, J.; Ashcroft, M. Small-scale Concentrated Solar Power A review of current activity and potential to accelerate deployment. Carbon Trust, London, UK (2013) 50 pp.