UAE’s Masdar, MIT develop solar technology ‘without sunlight’.

UAE’s Masdar, MIT develop solar technology ‘without sunlight’.

A team of researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi and the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a low-cost solar thermal energy conversion system that can easily generate steam from sunlight. The solar conversion system can help make technologies that rely on steam, like seawater desalination, wastewater […]

Eskom stalls IPP deal as costs escalate.

Eskom stalls IPP deal as costs escalate.

The rand’s weakening against the dollar has escalated the costs of a Northern Cape solar plant by billions of rands, prompting Eskom to stall signing a power purchase agreement while it raises concerns about the cost of renewable energy with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Eskom has come under fire for the delays in signing a […]

Abengoa said to plan return to work on giant Chilean solar plant.

Abengoa said to plan return to work on giant Chilean solar plant.

Project to be the first solar-thermal plant in Latin America Abengoa close to agreement with creditors over rescue plan Abengoa SA plans to resume work in the next few months on Latin America’s first solar-thermal plant, as the Spanish renewable energy company comes back from the brink of bankruptcy, people with knowledge of the matter said. […]

Work set to begin on South Africa CSP plant.

Work set to begin on South Africa CSP plant.

Work is soon to begin on a $1bn concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa, the project’s developers said this week. US-based SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power are jointly undertaking the 100 MW Redstone solar thermal project. SolarReserve’s vice-president Terence Govender said at a media briefing this week that construction will begin by […]

IEA SHC publishes Solar Heat Worldwide report.

IEA SHC publishes Solar Heat Worldwide report.

The International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) released the 2016 edition of its report on the global status of the solar thermal heating and cooling market. It includes data from 61 countries resenting over 95% of the global solar thermal market and for the first time data on solar thermal cost […]

Louise Vickery of ARENA: the COP21 agreement a “game-changer” for all renewables.

Louise Vickery of ARENA: the COP21 agreement a “game-changer” for all renewables.

The global COP21 agreement could be the impetus for investment in 
solar thermal energy in Australia, given the technology’s potential
 for energy storage as well as electricity generation. ARENA general manager of projects Louise Vickery yesterday told the
 Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative conference in Melbourne
 this week the COP21 agreement was a “game-changer” for […]