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China brings long term CSP experiments online with 1.35 GW

Nine of China’s first ever CSP projects, which were approved in 2016, are now coming online. Three were commissioned before the original deadline of 2018, two in 2019, and another four will come online by mid-2020. Originally, China’s CSP Commercial Demonstration Pilot Program was to involve 20 projects totaling 1.35 GW to be commissioned by the end of 2018, with a Feed-in Tariff of $0.17/kWh which would be adjusted following performance evaluations and cost reductions. The projects are spread across the peripheral desert provinces of Hebei, Qinghai, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang, where DNI (Direct Normal Irradiance, which is the radiated energy falling on a surface which is horizontal) is above 2,000 kWh/m2/year, whereas China’s central and coastal regions are below 1,000 kWh/m2/year. Progress…

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