Special Issue on Dispatchable RES and Flexibility in High RES Penetration Scenarios: Solutions for Further Deployment

Although the contribution of renewable energy sources (RES) in the electricity mix has significantly increased, the focus has been on intermittent RETs, whereas the required system flexibility is (mainly) provided by conventional power plants. In a decarbonised power system, this flexibility would have to be provided by RES-electricity (RES-e), increasing significantly the market value of dispatchable RES. Such currently available RETs include (among others) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with storage, hydropower, hybrid power systems and biomass. All these technologies can provide dispatchable power, as they have some kind of energy storage, e.g. dam, battery or thermal storage.

June 17 & 18th, 2019, MUSTEC Review and Project Meeting, Brussels

The MUSTEC review meeting was held on the 17th of July, back to back with the 4th project meeting, with the active participation of the Coordinator, the WP leaders and the Project Adviser, Mr. Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, as well as other representatives from INEA and DG ENER. Following the thorough presentation of the achieved results and faced challenges, the MUSTEC colleagues were addressing insightful questions and outlined the next steps and plans for future activities.

Report: Current Project Structures and Financing Opportunities for CSP Projects

This report aims to identify the existing business models for CSP structuring and financing opportunities across Europe, providing thus the base for the derivation of new appropriate models. It is demonstrated that overall the CSP industry has been forced to make adjustments to its original business models, by adding additional services and covering more stages of the CSP value chain. Moreover, due to the CSP deployment rates, they have been forced to modify their value proposition, by adding other technologies.

Report: Evaluation of the Pros and Cons of Different Alternative CSP Projects and Policy Implications

This report provides an analytical/methodological framework to assess the pros and cons of different types of CSP projects, which are potentially suitable for cooperation, as mediated by their impact on a set of assessment variables and intermediate factors (drivers and barriers to CSP cooperation, policy goals and context factors).

Report: Socio-political acceptance findings

This report focuses on the socio-political acceptance of the implementation of cooperation projects of the RES Directive to supply electricity from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants in the South of Europe to Central and Northern Europe, aiming to provide a comprehensive picture of the views of the different stakeholders on cooperation mechanisms for CSP.