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Parabolic Trough Report 2014: Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

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‘Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized parabolic trough market'

Parabolic Trough technology currently accounts for 95% of the global installed CSP share, totalling at 2657 MW across 13 markets. Whilst the global project pipeline indicates that Parabolic Trough will retain market dominance (with 70% of the MW capacity under construction and 55% of the MW capacity under development), crucially the spread of market activity is set to proliferate; the collective reach of Parabolic Trough plants in operation, under construction and under development will permeate 19 markets.

The internationalization of CSP - along with the more enduring pursuits to secure cost reduction and performance optimization - has widely been tipped as a key route to navigating the challenges currently besetting the traditional CSP markets and to ultimately secure CSP's position as a globally viable and competitive power generation source. The success of the internationalization of Parabolic Trough technology alongside the growth of the technology in established markets will be highly contingent upon a greater degree of transparency surrounding market specific cost data from CAPEX to OPEX and performance characteristics and capabilities.

Through industry validated cost information, localised techno-economic analysis and inter-market benchmarking, this report brings unprecedented clarity on Parabolic Trough technology across 7 global markets enabling you to separate the fact from the hype.

Key reasons to buy this report:

  • Critical Market Specific Cost Data: Receive the most up-to-date, industry validated cost data breakdowns from CAPEX to OPEX in defined optimal parabolic trough plants across 8 markets (Chile, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, Spain and US).
  • Realistic LCOE Models: Determine the LCOE of Parabolic Trough technology by market, benchmark emerging CSP markets against the traditional key markets and identify the longitudinal trend with market specific LCOE forecasts.
  • Energy Yield and Performance Output Data & Analysis: Identify and benchmark the market specific energy yield and performance characteristics, including solar field thermal output, online parasitics, net energy, total operating hours, solar-to-electricity efficiency and water consumption.
  • The Evolution of Thermal Storage (TES): Use the global project pipelines to understand how and to what extent TES is being increasingly incorporated into Parabolic Trough plants, and gain insight into the latest R&D initatives in TES tipped to reduce cost and optimize performance.
  • Market Share of Parabolic Trough Technology: Strategize your investment in and gauge your profit from Parabolic Trough - the most widely deployed CSP technology - by understanding the long-term market share, growth and viability of this technology, including market-by-market pipelines and key comparisons with other CSP technologies.

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Executive Summary

1. Parabolic Trough & Thermal Energy Storage Overview

  • 1.1. Parabolic Trough Technology
  • 1.2. Thermal energy storage
  • 1.3. Market Status
  • 1.4. Thermal Energy Storage: Market Status
  • 1.5. Industry Drivers and Barriers
  • 1.6. Technical Pros and Cons

2. Parabolic Trough Technology

  • 2.1. Key Parameters
  • 2.2. Key components

3. Thermal Energy Storage

  • 3.1. Two-Tank Direct System
  • 3.2. Two-Tank Indirect System
  • 3.3. Single-Tank Thermocline
  • 3.4. Thermal Energy Storage Media
  • 3.5. Value of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage

4. Cost and Performance Modeling

  • 4.1. Methodology
  • 4.2. Cost and performance by market
  • 4.3. Market comparison

5. Trends and Developments

  • 5.1. Power Block
  • 5.2. Collector Design
  • 5.3. Heat Transfer Fluids
  • 5.4. Storage
  • 5.5. Plant Layout
  • 5.6. Cooling

6. LCOE Forecast

7. Conclusions

8. References

Appendices

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