25 Apr '13, 4pm

NREL determines "significant value" of concentrating #solar power (CSP) - #energy

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say they have calibrated the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid. The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). NREL used a commercial production cost model called PLEXOS to help plan system expansion, to evaluate aspects of system reliability, and to estimate fuel cost, emissions and other operational factors within the CAISO system. NREL’s analysis was considered within the context of California’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which requires 33% of power be supplied by renewables by 2020. The specific focus was on the “Environmentally Constrained” 33% RPS scenario, which i...

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