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  • ACCIONA Energy is a world leader in the renewables sector. The company specialises in many renewables areas, including solar photovolatics, thermal solar and concentrating solar power. 

  • Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants produce electricity by converting the sun's energy into high-temperature heat using various mirror configurations. Since the first plants came online in the Mojave Desert in California, development of CSP, also known as solar thermal power, has been slow. Yet w...

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  • The KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Pofadder, South Africa. The plant has become the first CSP plant in Sub-Saharan Africa to enter operation. The 100 MW plant was given the go-ahead during the first round of South Africas Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programm...

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  • The first concentrating solar power plant to use molten salt has begin generating in Sicily. 'Archimede' is a 5MW plant which, unlike existing csp plants, uses molten salt not just to store heat but to collect it directly from the sun. Using molten salts rather than oils carries a number of advantag...

  • Article outlining the principles of concentrated solar power technology, which involves using arrays of mirrors to focus large amounts of sunlight onto a small area. Large CSP plants in the Sahara could be used to produce electricity for cities thousands of miles away.

  • The first phase of Moroccos $9bn National Solar Plan, under which five solar generation plants with a total capacity of 2,000 MW are to be built by 2020, is being supported by a $200mn loan from the World Bank and $97mn from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). The first facility is under construction ...

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  • Three air conditioning units powered by solar concentrating technology have been installed at Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico and the Demokritos research centre in Greece, with commissioning and full commercial operation expected shortly. The EnergyMixx projects involve integrating t...

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  • Vast greenhouses that use sea water for crop cultivation could be combined with solar power plants to provide food, fresh water and clean energy in deserts, under an ambitious proposal from a team of architects and engineers. The Sahara Forest Project, which is already running demonstration plants i...

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