Ivanpah, one of the world’s largest solar thermal plants


NRG together with Google, BrightSource Energy and other investors, has built one of the largest solar thermal power projects in the world, the Ivanpah power plant. However, when it started operating in 2014, mechanical problems prevented it from fulfilling its contractual obligations. A stumbling block that seems to be already solved.

Two projects to reduce the use of water in CSP, example at COP22


Two CSP projects were presented at COP22 in Marrakech, as part of the European Energy Day, as examples of sustainable energy initiatives. The European Union finances MinWaterCSP and WASCOP, which seek to minimize water loss, with approximately 12 million euro.


How to store solar thermal energy in molten silicon


A team of researchers at the Solar Energy Institute (IES-UPM) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) is developing a new system that allows storing energy in molten silicon, the most abundant element in the earth’s crust. The finding paves the way for a new generation of low cost solar thermal power plants.

Total installation costs of solar thermal plants can fall between 33% and 37% by 2025


Total installation costs (engineering, procurement and construction) of solar thermal plants can fall between 33% and 37% by 2025, depending on whether the technology concerned is parabolic trough or tower, according to the latest study by IRENA.


SENER and ACCIONA start the construction of the Kathu solar thermal complex for € 500 M


Located in the town of Kathu in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, this solar thermal project is part of the national energy plan IRP 2010 (Integrated Resource Program), which envisages an increase in the generation capacity of the country to reach 86.8 GW in 2030, of which 24% would be renewable.

Combining solar thermal and biomass to improve energy efficiency in industry


Millennium Energy Systems and the company H2O Renovables, two leading companies in renewable energy solutions, have joined their technologies to provide the industry with clean, affordable energy for their production processes 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.