BrightSource Energy Reports and Studies | Concentrating Solar Power


  1. New Report

    The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Literature Review and Research Needs, 2014

    First published in 2012, this revised and expanded technical report incorporates the latest research on the economic and reliability benefits of CSP with thermal energy storage and serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding the design and operational attributes of CSP plants with thermal energy storage.

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  2. California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study


    The California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS) explores how the California electric sector can cost-effectively support deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to Phase I modeling results, the California electric grid can reduce emissions by more than 50% below 2012 levels by the year 2030 with minimal rate impact, minimal curtailment to renewables, and without compromising reliability. These findings are significant because they illustrate an affordable, reliable, and practical trajectory toward meeting California’s ambitious 2050 GHG emissions goals.

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  3. NREL Finds Up to 6-cent per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value with Concentrated Solar Power

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    The greater the penetration of renewables in California, the greater the value of CSP with thermal storage capacity

    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects would add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California where 33 percent renewables will be mandated in six years, a new report by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found.

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  4. 2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power

    U.S. Department of Energy

    Across the nation, solar energy is taking off, with more Americans “going solar” every day. And, it’s not just solar panels popping up on the rooftops of homes; Americans are starting to adopt other forms of solar energy, as well. Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that harnesses the sun’s energy potential and has the capacity to provide hundreds of thousands of customers in the United States with reliable renewable energy—even when the sun isn’t shining.

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  5. Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2014

    IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency

    IRENA estimates that globally, 6.5 million people are working directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector, based on a literature review and annual data collection.This publication presents the status of renewable energy employment by technology and by selected countries

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  6. Simulating Value of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a Production Cost Model

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Concentrating solar power deployed with thermal energy storage provides a dispatchable source of renewable energy. The value of CSP with thermal energy storage, as with other potential generation resources, needs to be established using traditional utility planning tools.

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  7. An Evaluation of Solar Valuation Methods Used in Utility Planning and Procurement Processes

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    This report reviews a recent sample of U.S. load-serving entity planning studies and their procurement processes to identify how current practices reflect the drivers of solar's economic value.

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  8. An Analysis of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario

    Key Takeaway:

    Due to its flexibility in dispatching power to the grid, the value of CSP with storage is $32/MWh to $40/MWh higher than the value of a Photovoltaic (PV) plant.

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  9. Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2013

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance/The Business Council for Sustainable Energy

    This Factbook – researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy – offers a fresh look at the state of US energy along with the roles new technologies and innovations now play. Its goal is to offer simple, easy-to-understand benchmarks on the contributions these new energy technologies are making today. It also provides information on finance and investment trends in clean energy resources.

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  10. Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

    Renewable energy markets, industries, and policy frameworks
    have evolved rapidly in recent years. The Renewables Global
    Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview
    of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy
    developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data
    available, provided by a network of more than 500 contributors
    and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought
    together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report
    covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by
    design, it does not provide analysis or forecasts.

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