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Concentrating solar power in a sustainable future electricity mix

Trieb, Franz and Fichter, Tobias and Moser, Massimo (2013) Concentrating solar power in a sustainable future electricity mix. Sustainability Science (9/2014), pp. 47-60. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11625-013-0229-1. ISSN 1862-4065.

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The capacity of a concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) plant can be considered flexible and firm, just like that of a conventional steam cycle power station. Periods without sunshine can be bridged by thermal energy storage or fuel, enabling a CSP plant to deliver power on demand at any time. To this technical quality is added the economic quality of electricity costs that will be stable for a lifetime because they are mainly composed of capital costs, spare parts and personnel. CSP is competitive with power from fuel oil and moving to break even in costs with natural gas by around 2020 and steam coal by around 2025. Carbon dioxide emissions of 10–40 tons/GWh, land use of 250–550 m2/GWh and water consumption of 250 m3/GWh (using dry cooling) compare favorably with other energy sources. Environmental benefits, the technical imperative of firm and at the same time flexible power supply, and the economic targets of affordability and cost stability are the main reasons for a significant role for CSP in a sustainable future electricity mix. Two case studies show the different roles CSP can play north and south of the Mediterranean Sea, in one case importing CSP to Germany for flexible power and in the second case using CSP in Jordan to provide firm and at the same time renewable power capacity for the quickly growing electricity demand.

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Title:Concentrating solar power in a sustainable future electricity mix
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Trieb, Franzfranz.trieb (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fichter, Tobiastobias.fichter (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Moser, Massimomassimo.moser (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:26 September 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Sustainability Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s11625-013-0229-1
Page Range:pp. 47-60
Keywords:Flexible power Renewable energy storage Concentrating solar power
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Energie und Verkehr
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Storage Power Plants
Deposited By: Trieb, Franz
Deposited On:14 Mar 2022 10:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 10:44

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