MUSTEC has analyzed the framework conditions for CSP deployment in Europe with an integrated view on the multitude of aspects that may represent barriers or drivers for the collaborative development of CSP projects. Areas that are particularly relevant in this regard encompass issues relating to the political feasibility and social acceptance of potential CSP cooperation projects, the determinants that affected the non-use of cooperation mechanism in the past and the potential future impact of the post-2020 political and regulatory framework and, importantly, techno-economic parameters, such as technology cost development, available cross border transmission capacities or different market design options.

The aim of this report is to provide a synopsis of the relevant framework conditions for a possible development of CSP cooperation projects in Europe until 2030 and to highlight the crucial steps required to allow for this transition. In line with the task’s overall objective of summarizing and systematizing the crucial requirements and issues for CSP cooperation projects identified in the frame of the MUSTEC project, the roadmap is based on the findings on major barriers, drivers and lessons learnt on CSP development and RES cooperation in Europe obtained through the analyses carried out in the context of all previous work conducted. Through this analysis, the main steps for addressing the identified issues and implementing respective measures were defined and arranged chronologically in the form of a roadmap that illustrates a potential development of the framework for CSP cooperation projects in Europe until 2030. Three main fields of action that need to be addressed by policy makers on European and national level in order to allow for the formation of a niche for the development of CSP cooperation projects in Europe are highlighted. These are as follows:

  • Political and regulatory framework: Definition of ambitious and technology-specific goals, provision of targeted support and creation of a suitable market design that recognizes the value of CSP as a dispatchable renewable energy technology.
  • Techno-economic framework: Enhancing the competitiveness of CSP by further reducing the LCOE, effectively hedging project implementation risks and facilitating project financing.
  • Socio-political framework: Creating a broad public acceptance and awareness for the benefits of CSP and the importance of collaborative European approaches for renewable energy support and establishment of the respective political narratives.

You can read the full report here.