The development of Concentrated Solar Power is entering into a fast track in 2022 here in China. Within the Multi-Energy RE complexes combining with PV and/or Wind, CSP is playing a role as stabilizer and regulator, easing the power fluctuation and curtailment of PV and Wind, through its thermal energy storage.
By 2024 China is building 30 Concentrated Solar Power Projects as part of gigawatt-scale renewable energy complexes in each province, appropriately reflecting the urgency and scale needed for climate action
CSP is a must in standard configurations in the newly announced around 30 “Wind/PV + CSP” Complexes located in Qinghai, Gansu, Jilin, Xinjiang and Tibet etc. Most of these projects had been started and tenders issued and floated in the market recently. According to the schedule of each complex project, the CSP part should be completed by the end of 2023 or mid 2024 at latest.
[ED: Although this seems like too tight a schedule to build CSP, in the first round, Chinese CSP projects were successfully completed within a two-year timeframe – and as CSPFocus notes above, many of these were already started; see these 13 CSP projects and these 11 CSP projects underway by China’s big state owned companies]
The pilot tower CSP project at Delingha, Qinghai Province by Supcon (now Cosin Solar)