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CSP Today Conference & Expo 2014
April 8, 2014 @ 08:00 - April 9, 2014 @ 17:00
Demand for electricity in South Africa has increased progressively over several years and the grid now faces supply and demand challenges. As a result, the Department of Energy has implemented a new Integrated Resource Plan to enhance generation capacity and promote energy efficiency.
Photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) are set to be the main beneficiaries from the new plan having their initial allocation raised considerably.
Daily electricity demand in South Africa has a morning and evening peak, both in summer and winter. This characteristic makes CSP with storage a very attractive technology for generating electricity on a large scale compared to PV, which currently can provide electricity at a cheaper price, but its capability to match the demand is limited to the morning demand peak.
As experts highlight, CSP is the only renewable technology that provides dispatchable electricity that adapts to the demand curve, though at a higher price than PV. However, the government in South Africa has recognized the flexibility that it offers to the grid (matching the demand and stabilizing the system) over the levelised cost of energy (LCOE), and announced a bid window in March 2014 solely for CSP, where 200 MW are to be allocated.
CSP’s operational flexibility allows the plant to be run in a conventional mode at maximum power output, store the excess energy and use the full load once the sun starts setting. Another option is to adapt the production to the demand, reducing the load during the central hours of the day where PV can provide cheaper electricity, and shift that energy to generate at later hours without requiring a large storage system.
At CSP Today South Africa 2014 (8 – 9 April, Cape Town), International developers Abengoa and ACWA Power will assess strategies employed to optimize the thermal storage depending on the scale of the plant and the needs of the market. National utility Eskom will identify the role CSP can play in improving energy efficiency by meeting current demand during peak times and stabilizing the grid.
Register before Friday 14th March and save up to €250 on your pass. More info here.
Here is a sample of the great speaker line-up that will be coming to Cape Town in April:
- José Alfonso Nebrera, CEO, ACS Cobra
- Joe Desmond, Vice President, BrightSource Energy
- Kevin Smith, CEO, SolarReserve
- Louis van Herdeen, General Manager, Abengoa Solar
- Christoph Ehlers, Business Director, ACWA Power
- Pancho Ndebele, CEO, Emvelo
- Karén Breytenbach, Senior Project – Advisor PPP unit, National Treasury
- Lucy Chege, General Manager, DBSA
- Margaret Mutschler, Head of Power Generation, NamPower
- Ayanda Nakedi, RE Director, Eskom
- See the full speaker list here.
Click here to see the full list of attendees ready to share their expertise and solutions with you.
Critical improvements for CSP projects
At this year’s CSP South Africa 2014 we will delve deep into those critical improvements that make the most impact in CSP projects and identify a strategy for success beyond 2014:
- Overcome the risks associated with CSP in South Africa hearing from financers and investors on how to guarantee your project is bankable in the next rounds
- The latest updates on the progress made on Phase 1, 2 & 3 projects, see how they’ve overcome key challenges and impact market and financial confidence
- Get practical information on how CSP technologies can economically serve a variety of thermal applications
- Find out more about alternative thermal storage solution that will drive cost down and enhanced the reliability of CSP compared to other renewables
- Understand the social and economic benefits of the current CSP projects in South Africa and meet local content, employment and BEE objectives that are crucial to win tenders in future rounds
- Communicate your solution: Get on stage to address and show your product to the CSP community and get heard by decision makers
- Maximum exposure: Secure publicity before, during and after the conference in the event marketing material and on the website, to 38,000+ solar contacts
- Unrivalled branding options: Your company logo and description will display on the event website for +18 weeks, it will also appear on the brochure and all promotional material, maximizing your visibility in the in the CSP community.
Concentrated solar power systems use mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, or solar thermal energy, onto a small area. Here the PS10 Solar Power Plant concentrates sunlight from a field of heliostats onto a central solar power tower. Image: Wikipedia