Saudi Arabia can meet its growing power needs solely through the deployment of new solar projects with energy storage, Dr Ibrahim Babelli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia, said at the MENASol 2016 conference on May 25.
South Africa's CSP expansion has thus far been driven by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) but industry experts see strong growth potential in industrial and microgrid applications.
With similar timeframes and a shared site, the Noor II and Noor III CSP projects in Morocco’s Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex are expected to gain from multiple synergies during both construction and operations, Badis Derradji, ACWA Power’s managing director for Morocco, told CSP Today.
Low crude oil prices have driven oilfield operators to consider CSP enhanced oil recovery (EOR) as a way of reducing production costs, John O'Donnell, vice president of business development at GlassPoint Solar, told CSP Today.
CSP developers should aim to provide at least nine hours of storage to respond to South Africa's morning demand peak, in addition to evening load, Vikesh Rajpaul, Eskom's Renewables Unit CSP Program Manager, told CSP Today.