CSP’s plunge to a single-digit tariff: a starting point towards a global trend


9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks

Luis Crespo President ESTELA

9:15-9.45 RoadMap to reduce the LCOE under 0.07 USD/kWh, Optimising the CSP Technology
  • Forecasted LCOE for future CSP Projects in MENA and China
  • Strategies to reduce the LCOE in the different systems of a CSP Power Plant
  • PT vs ST vs hybridization CSP-PV

Belen Gallego Founder & CEO Empresarios  ATA Insights

Jonathan Walters  MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Team Leader (Castalia Advisors)

Frank Wouters, Director of EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Jakob Steen Jensen CCO HELIAC

9.45-10:10 Market update: Understand the timelines, schedules and complexity of the IPP market for CSP
  • Discover how developers and off takers are navigating current market conditions and see where they see the best opportunities for commercial development
  • See the new timelines for floating tenders in various locations around the world for CSP and evaluate how the big players will look for opportunities in the CSP market
  • Discover why looking your energy project as a commodity could harm your business and increase the risk of lower quality construction and performance

Ranjan Moulik Managing Director - Head of Power & Renewables Natixis CIB

10:10-10.30 Putting CSP Ahead of Policy Makers
  • Status of the standards that are being developed in PTC 52 (ASME), IEC 117 and AENOR in relation to the tests verification of CSP plant
  • Discover and as these standards are going to help to reduce the costs and make the CSP industry more competitive

Juan Ignacio Burgaleta Independent Consultant

11.15-11.35 SaltX - enable continuous power from CSP
  • Energy stored in salt- a thermo chemical battery
  • High energy density, no corrosion and low cost

Dr. Christofer Rhén VP Sales & Business Development SaltX Technology

11.35-12.00 Roadmap to cost reduction for optical components in CSP energy production and CSP for industrial applications
  • Cost reduction through high performance products
  • CSP for industrial heat applications

Jeroen van Schijndel Chief Sales & Marketing Officer RIOGLASS

12.00-13.15 Panorama CSP 2017: U.A.E., Morocco, Saudi Arabia, China, South Africa and more
  • CSP success in South Africa – lessons learnt and future perspectives
  • CSP role in ongoing tenders worldwide
  • Future CSP value proposition
  • Evaluate why China is not just an opportunity for western developers, off takers and component suppliers: what is China’s potential as a cost reducing equipment supplier in this sector in the future

Moderator: Belen Gallego CEO & Founder ATA Insights

Michael Geyer VP Business Development ABENGOA

Daniel Blanco Solar Leader Tractebel - Engie

Jonathan Walters MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Team Leader (Castalia Advisors)

Abdelkader Himdi Director of O&M MASEN

15:00-16.00 Opportunities for CSP development in MENA and beyond
  • Jordan and the strategy of the government going forward to encourage deployment of CSP
  • Find out what are the programs of the World Bank Group, Green Climate Fund and Clean Technology Fund to support CSP globally and in the MENA region in particularly
  • Understand the role of the MENA CSP Knowledge & Innovation Program to bring information, awareness and technical resources to enable the construction of new CSP projects in the region and ongoing work in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Jordan and Palestine

Moderator: Belén Gallego CEO & Co-Founder ATA Insights

HE Eng. Amani Al-Azzam Secretary General Jordan Ministry or Energy

Stratos Tavoulareas Senior Energy Advisor International Finance Corporation

Jonathan Walters  MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program Team Leader (Castalia Advisors)

16.30-17.30 New power plants in China
  • Get an update on the construction process as China went from 10MWe to 100 MWe
  • Get the lessons learned from the Dunhuang 10 MWe project and hear of the construction and status 100 MWe tower plant in china
  • Explore the advantages, and disadvantages of CSP construction in China and what this means for your business
  • First experience as Owners Engineer with Chinese EPC contractors and equipment supplier. Lessons learnt from commercial CSP project Delingha
  • How Chinese contractors and suppliers can help to reduce overall construction cost for future CSP plants

Tao Ni Director of Business Development Shouhang European

Dr. Ralf Wiesenberg Director AF Aries Energy

Cayetano Hernández Lluna Energy & Utilities MINSAIT

17.30-18.00 CMI Molten Salt Steam Generator
  • Market Overview
  • CMI´s Molten Salt Steam Generator key features
  • Modular concept

Ildo Agnetti Proposals & Development CMI Solar

18.30 Closing Remarks DAY 1


9:15-9:30 Welcome Remarks

Luis Crespo President ESTELA

9:30-10:00 The EU Horizon 2020 project PEGASUS and its role in the CSP
  • Discover the latest Investigation of thermochemical cycle for long-term heat storage of CSP as elemental sulphur
  • Application of centrifugal particle receiver technology developed by DLR to drive solar sulphur storage cycle
  • Understand why sulphur is considered as solar fuel for gas turbines for high-efficient, on-demand and CO2-free power production
  • Development and operation of prototypes for solar sulphuric acid splitting (storage of CSP) and sulphur combustion (discharge of stored CSP)
  • Find out why solar sulphur storage cycle could be combined with conventional sulphuric acid plants

Dennis Thomey Researcher and Coordinator of EU Horizon 2020 project PEGASUS DLR German Aerospace Centre

10.00-10.30 Hybrid Power Plant Performance: lessons drawn from experience developers and off takers
  • Evaluate why countries and regions around the world with great reserves of natural gas can benefit from building hybrid power plants that include CSP into the energy mix
  • Discover why Integrating CSP into conventional power plants can reduce the risk and the cost in your project

Elina Hakkarainen Research Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

10.30-11.00 Yara MOST - A Ternary Salt-Mix as HTF & TES
  • Lower CAPEX
  • Lower Melting Point
  • Increased Delta-T

Günter Doppelbauer Technical Director for Equipment, Technology & Chemistry Yara Industrial GmbH

11.30-11.50 Desert Farming and District Heating With Concentrated Solar Power
  • How concentrated solar power (CSP) can be used to meet different industrial energy demands
  • Maximizing thermal efficiency with integrated energy systems: the case of Sundrop Farms. CSP combined with flat solar panels: a district heating case in Denmark.

Miguel Herrador Principal Engineer AALBORG CSP

11.50-12.10 OM improvements during the design of solar power plant
  • Discuss the key areas found for cost reduction, achieved in the solar field, over the last year
  • Hear expert suggestions on the main cost reductions that can be found in the equipment used in the solar plant
  • Understand the calculations that can be used in CSP to differentiate your business from the rest, in market place

Paula Llorente Head of Technology Shouhang European

12.10-12.30 Ouarzazate Solar Complex in Morocco: the largest CSP Solar Park in the world. First year of operation of Noor I 160 MWe plant
  • Discover how the largest Solar Park in the world (510 MWe) was designed, constructed and operated in Morocco, becoming a reference in the CSP industry
  • Listen to the results of Noor I 160 MWe plant, the first facility of the complex, in its 1st year of operation (2016)
  • Understand the benefits of constructing Solar Parks rather than single projects: lower LCOE and increased Local Content

Sergio Relloso Performance Guarantee Manager at Solar Business Unit SENER

12.30-12.50 O&M Strategies: Calibration
  • Understand the latest discoveries in overcoming the challenges while calibrating large solar fields
  • See how frequent heliostat calibration can help reducing solar field costs and improve efficiency
  • Discover how to calibrate your whole heliostat field in a single night, using a Scalable Heliostat Calibration System
  • Get a practical solution for overnight calibration of an entire solar field and experimental results from testing at PSA

Ana Bernardos Solar Thermal Energy Deparment CENER

12.50-13.10 O&M Strategies Part 2: Predictive O&M - achieve optimal performance and excellence in maintenance
  • Discover the new state of the art strategies in O&M to maintain the performance of your CSP plant in optimum conditions
  • Evaluate different measurements and control implementation for healthy facility to maximise efficiency in your CSP plant
  • Discover the latest methods and strategies for optimal performance for CSP plants to facilitate cost reduction and simplify the O&M with more accuracy

Juan Manuel Medel Head of O&M exera energía

13.10-13.30 Focusing on cost reduction for CSP from a holistically approach
  • Learn how to reduce EPC Cost drastically by Optimizing your plant with state-of-the-art technology & equipment for both PT and towers
  • Understand how to increase net production of your CSP project by decreasing parasitic for the same gross output; making the most of the offtake’s demands
  • Maintained to last - Analyze the impact of your predictive maintenance strategy in the lifecycle of your plant to ensure it is functioning perfectly beyond the 25 year mark

Alejandro Baron Director of CSP Engineering ATA Renewables

11.30-13.30 CSP in the GCC region: EU GCC cooperation prospects including for research and innovation

Session objectives:

The Gulf region has some of the world’s best solar energy resources. Solar resources provide great potential for concentrated solar thermal power (CSP).
On the other hand, CSP generation costs are coming down, as we are experiencing exceptionally low bids especially in the GCC region, and hours of storage are increasing thanks to R&D efforts, economies of scale and increasing markets. That would have major implications for the choice of power generation technology and the management of power systems in countries with good solar resources such the Gulf region. In addition, it would have major implications for climate change mitigation.

This session aims to discuss and share knowledge among high level experts from leading research institutes/companies in the EU and the Gulf regions about current technological status, challenges, R&D trends and future vision of CSP developments and deployments. The session will also highlight lessons learned from both regions, as well as discuss on the opportunities for collaboration to enhance CSP performance, efficiency increase and cost reduction, through joint EU GCC research activities. 

Session Moderator:

  • Dr. Marcelino Sanchez, Head of Solar Thermal Dpt, CENER, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network Expert


  • Dr. Marcelino Sanchez, Head of Solar Thermal Dpt, CENER, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network Expert
  • Frank Wouters, Director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Presentations from:

  • "EU-GCC Challenges and opportunities for collaboration in CSP, current trends and future visions"
    Dr. Marcelino Sanchez, CENER 

  • "Past and present challenges on R&D addressed from the perspective of the Plataforma Solar of Almería (PSA)"
    Felix Tellez, Ciemat

  • "CSP development at EU level: experiences and lessons learned from the research perspective"
    Peter Heller, DLR

  • "Status of CSP developments in the GCC and the role of the European CSP industry"
    Frank Wouters EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

  • "Latest UAE research initiatives / developments in the CSP field (tentative title)"
    Asst. Prof. Nicolas Calvet, Masdar Institute, Chair of Solar Platform 
  • Other interventions (tbc) from: ACWA Power, Shams Power Co, KA CARE

Q&A panel discussion on EU GCC research cooperation potential

15.00-15.20 Performance of Skysun, LLC’s Tensile Ganged Heliostat Concept
  • Method Overview
  • Collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories
  • Results and Evaluation

Jim Clair Founder Skysun LLC

15:20-15.40 From Building to Exploitation in CSP, the IT/OT perspective to reduce CSP risks
  • The use of IT/OT technologies to decrease CSP plant’s risks and increase performance
  • How to remove black boxes to have a better insight for your operations, decreasing insurance and financing costs
  • Benchmark a CSP fleet to maximize the output of each plant and the entire fleet

Manuel Hernandez Thermosolar Bus. Dev. Manager Schneider-electric

15.40-16.00 Reducing the cost of Tower Technology in the Solar Field: Heliostats
  • Explore improvements in Heliostat design and configuration and discuss how Solar Field control can be optimized
  • Understand how to improve O&M costs through improvements to the hydraulics and driving mechanisms and see how to set targets to reduce costs here

Francisco J. Collado Giménez Mechanical Engineering Dpt. Universidad de Zaragoza

16.00-16.15 Wet bulb cooling in the desert
  • Discover Alfa Laval Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC) solution using waste water
  • Have a look on the existing references installed in CSP plants as auxiliary cooling as well as other uses
  • Find new uses as cooling media for your blowdowns and RO rejections and at the same time reduce the amount of them to the CSP disposal pond

Joris Peeters Global Projects Alfa Laval


If you are interested in CSP Seville 2017 please contact us on the below details:

Fred Mazo

Fred Mazo

Project Director
New Energy Update
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+44 (0) 207 422 4314 (Global)
Email: fred@newenergyupdate.com

Jon Harman

Jon Harman

Global Project Director
New Energy Update
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 +44 (0)207 375 7577 (Global)
Email: Jon@newenergyupdate.com

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Business Development Manager
New Energy Update
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Email: Tobias@newenergyupdate.com

2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Silver Sponsor

  • Rioglass

Bronze Sponsors

  • CMI-Solar
  • Globaltherm

Coffee Break Sponsor

  • Dow


  • Alfal-Lava
  • lointek
  • Masen
  • SaltX
  • Yara


  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Lanxess
  • Neotiss
  • Voestalpine Krems