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.