China component suppliers enter South Africa CSP market

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China Prices Department of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have recently approved the Feed-in Tariff of RMB1.2/kWh for SUPCONSOLAR Delingha 50MW Tower CSP Project. Its Phase One, involving 10MW generation (without storage), was connected to the nation’s grid in July last year. SUPCON is the first CSP developer in China in getting approved by FiT.

The launching of tariff policy is no doubt great news for CSP industry players both in China and abroad, and after a decade of development and exploration, most of key components including receiver tube, mirror, HTF, TES, structure, pump and valve are able to be made with good quality in China.

Leading manufactures like Royal Tec CSP, Beijing TRX, Huiyin, TG YUEDA SOLAR MIRROR, Rayspower and HUB Chemical show great interest and ambition to enter South Africa market and would like to join the upcoming CSP Focus South Africa 2014 event scheduled during November 6-7 in Cape Town.

In South Africa, four parabolic trough projects (totalling 350 MW) and one tower project (50 MW) have been approved under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), and two other projects (100 MW for each) in Window 3.5 will be announced soon.

Moreover, developers like Eskom, Afri-Devo & Ample Solar, BrightSource Energy are planning projects involving above 500 MW of power. Great demand will arise, for which Chinese-made components with lower price and high quality must contribute a lot to cost reduction of CSP in South Africa.

Besides the “Chinese-made” element, hot topics will be shared and discussed during the two day conference of CSP Focus South Africa, including project experience & lessons, cutting-edge innovations, key challenges analysis, cost reduction solutions, new applications—hybridization plants, solar cooling & mining, potential business opportunities and latest updates on REIPPP Window 3.5 bidding results and CSP allocation in IRP.

CSP Focus South Africa 2014 will showcase the top South Africa and international CSP experts from companies such as South Africa Department of Trade and Industry, Abengoa Solar, BrightSource Energy, Afri-Devo, Ample Solar, Aveng Steel, Abener, IDC, Absa, Eskom, Mott MacDonald, Schott Solar, GeoSun Africa, Stellenborsch University etc.And over 120 policy regulators, CSP developers and EPCs (EU, USA, local), financiers, system integrators, component and service suppliers, technical and industry experts are expected to join this grand gathering for South Africa CSP sector.