26 Sep '13, 8pm

CSP Progress Report: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

CSP Progress Report: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

CSP has had a long road to commercialization, largely falling out of favor as costs and pricing have been overwhelmed by plummeting solar PV metrics , though it's carved out what should be a competitive sweetspot in very high-insolation areas in various regions. Three CSP plants in the U.S. long in development are back in the news this week, though not for the same reasons. Final Countdown for Ivanpah, Solana Four months after declaring it was in its final days of construction and doing steam blow tests, the 392-MW (370-MW net) Ivanpah plant in California's Mojave Desert now has achieved "first sync" with its first unit station, meaning it's produced output and synched it to the power grid and showing "operational readiness." Tests for the site's Unit 2 and 3 stations will happen "in the coming months," according to NRG Energy. Ivanpah has PPAs in hand with Pacific Gas and...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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