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30 Apr 2013 04:04:19

Should CSP stand with or against other renewables in MENA?



While concentrated solar power continues to make progress in the Middle East & North Africa, the industry is now assessing whether the technology is in competition with other renewable sources or should be working with them towards the common goal of wider acceptance.

With the number of solar and wind projects on the rise across the region, PV and CSP companies are starting to establish which markets are most receptive of their technology. Aside from the obvious exception of Saudi Arabia, which presents both PV and CSP with a large opportunity, trends are emerging in the region. While Morocco and Tunisia have CSP plants under development, other markets like Jordan and Oman have started developments with PV.

In recent news the concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) industry has been boosted by strong interest in the advantages of the technology from local MENA markets. Last week it was announced that Soitec have formed links with local company Khaled Juffali Company to pursue Saudi Arabian projects. At MENASOL 2013, a plenary panel of experts will compare the prospects of CSP, PV, CPV and wind, in order to assess if they are competing or complementing technologies for the Middle East and North Africa.

Key CSP developers Abengoa Solar and BrightSource Energy will be joined by Amonix, First Solar and Munich Reinsurance to provide side-by-side analysis of the differing renewable energies looking to make the breakthrough in MENA. The debate will be moderated by Altran, the international engineering consultancy with experience across different technologies and industries.


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