Small-scale concentrated solar power. A review of current activity and potential to accelerate deployment.

Abstract

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.

Citation

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.

Small-scale concentrated solar power. A review of current activity and potential to accelerate deployment.

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