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CSP industry focuses on innovation and balance of plant

432.2 MW of concentrating solar power capacity had been installed in Spain alone by August 2010. Further projects are now in the pipeline, aided by favourable tariff regulations and national incentives, fuelling a market that is estimated to be worth $200 billion worldwide. However, the focus has now switched from broader, ‘industry-wide’ questions to solving specific issues, and it is now commonplace to hear that balance of plant engineering is top of developers' agendas.
CSP industry focuses on innovation and balance of plant

The financial reasoning is clear: new reports suggest that the initial investment outlay, combined with operations and maintenance expenses, account for an average of 57% of the total lifecycle plant cost.

In accordance with this rise in interest, CSP Today is launching its first CSP Yield Optimisation Conference and Expo Europe (Seville (Spain), 31 May–1 June). This two day event concentrates on unravelling the technical challenges to show how to maximise CSP plant output through improved balance of plant engineering. From design and layout considerations to informed component selection, and from construction and commissioning to operations and maintenance, the CSP Yield Optimisation Europe conference will cover these concerns in more detail than ever before.

Key presentations will be made by key CSP companies such as Milenio Solar, DLR, CENER and Ferrostaal, and detailed case studies from experienced industry leaders like Acciona and Torresol. The event features an expert panel to outline the value of optimising CSP plants (Abengoa, Acciona, BBVA and Astrom) and interactive round-table sessions that are designed to both increase delegate-speaker interaction and find constructive solutions to real problems.

The focus on specific engineering challenges and calibre of speakers make this a standout conference on the CSP calendar, and will give attendees the unique opportunity to meet with decision-makers and influencers from developers, EPCs, and technology providers. The development of the European CSP market makes attendance at this summit essential for anyone interested in maximising the output of their new or existing plant.

CSP Today US Awards 2011

Later this year, CSP Today will also be holding its 2nd edition of the CSP Today Awards USA 2011, which will take place on 28 June as part of the 5th edition of the CSP TODAY USA 2011 conference.

Nominations of companies that deserve special recognition for innovation or dispatchability are now being accepted for these awards until the 22 April, when the judges will select three finalists and a winner per category. All participating companies must be working in the CSP industry in the US in order to be considered for the Award.

The categories include:


• CSP Commercialized Technology Innovation Of The Year

• Increased Dispatchability Solution Of The Year

• Newcomer Of The Year


• Best CSP Integration Of The Year

• CSP Technological Supplier Of The Year

• CSP Engineering Firm Of The Year

• Most Effective Environmental Stewardship Of The Year (Land/Water/Wildlife Resources Conservation)

• EPC Contractor of The Year


• CSP Special Achievement Award

• Lifetime Achievement Award

CSP Today USA Award winners in 2010 include Solar Trust America, Siemens, Schott Solar, Stirling Energy Solution and SENER.

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