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WHY CSP?

 

Environmental Advantage:

With fossil fuel resource depletion and increasing CO2 emission as the major environmental threat in the 21st century, Solar Power Generation provides solace as one of the most promising alternative technologies to meet the growing demand for energy in the developing countries. Life Cycle Assessment of modern CSP plants shows that Solar Thermal Power (an 80MW parabolic trough design) produces 13g/kWh equivalent lifecycle CO2 emissions in comparison to 66g of CO2/kWh produced by a nuclear power plant and 900-1000g of CO2/kWh produced using coal. 

 

 

Economical Advantage:

Decades of experience and consistent improvement in design have fostered substantial increase in the financial investment in solar technology development. Also, due to economic sanctions being imposed on CO2 emissions and ever increasing cost of natural gas and oil, future power cost from fossil fuel will increase considerably. Renewable source of energy such as CSP are indigenous which reduces the dependency on energy imports, thereby increasing the security of supply. Promotional policies and political leadership have led to the reshaping of our energy infrastructure with climate-disrupting fossil fuels being replaced by clean, climate-stabilizing, non-depletable sources of energy. The advancement in technology, mass commercialization, economy of deployment and improved operation will reduce the future costs structure of solar electricity to a competitive level within the next 10 - 15 years. 

 

Daytime Peaking Power:

Parabolic trough power plants have a proven track record for providing firm renewable daytime peaking generation. Trough plants generate their peak output during sunny periods when air conditioning loads are at their peak. Integrated natural gas hybridization and thermal storage have allowed the plants to provide firm power even during non-solar and cloudy periods.