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

With a 12 year legacy, CSP’s #1 conference will be taking place on 13th-14th November in Madrid having previously been in Seville. Focussing on CSP business development, this event is one not to miss - especially as 2018 will witness the financial close of the world’s largest CSP project.

Keen to participate as a speaker/sponsor/exhibitor/attendee? Then get in touch today via paul@newenergyupdate.com


Key Points for the 2018 programme:

  • 24/7 Renewables Systems:

    Meet grid demand using CSP as part of the electricity mix- with case studies from UAE, Morocco, China, South Africa, Spain, Chile, South Africa and Saudi Arabia

  • Concentrated Solar Heat (CSH):

    Develop a business and investment model for process heat applications and district heat generation

  • Energy storage as a service:

    Understand how thermal storage can be used in the grid and novel applications to combine thermal storage with PV and conventional gas fired plants

  • LCOE Optimisation:

    Assess the latest CSP/PV hybrids and initiatives from suppliers to bring CSP costs down

  • Synergy with China:

    Review how European companies can work with Chinese suppliers to develop reliable components and CSP projects

  • Technical, Operational and O&M insights:

    Hear from plant managers on the day to day challenges in order to boost MWhs, efficiency and reliability

Check out below a more detailed agenda plan for CSP Madrid 2018:

Section 1: Keynote
Panel - Meeting grid demand through a 24/7 Renewables System
  • Assess how grids and policy makers can adopt a 24/7 renewable system through an effective mix of renewable technologies (CSP, PV, Wind) linked with various storage options (thermal, electrochemical & more).
  • Review how different grids have different peak and base load demand in southern/central Europe and the Middle East and North Africa Region
  • Electricity Market Reform - Discuss how to reform the grid from the fossil fuel model to market structure which can adopt new energy technologies.

Protermo Solar Luis Crespo Presidente Protermo Solar

Acciona Energia Elisa Prieto Casana Chief Strategy Officer Acciona Energia

Section 2: CSP project development - Updates from key markets

ATA Renewables Moderator: Belén Gallego Director - Strategy & Business Development ATA Renewables

Panel - Flagship project update in UAE
  • Review how ACWA Power and DEWA have accomplished financial close on the recording breaking DEWA IV 700 MW project
  • Understand the proposed timelines for construction and operation
  • Assess how the world’s largest CSP project will provide dispatchable energy to balance the grid and support existing PV generation in Al Maktoum

ACWA Power International Rajit Nanda Chief Investment Officer (CIO) ACWA Power International

Empresarios Agrupados (EA) Xavier Lara Executive Director Empresarios Agrupados (EA)

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

Abengoa Ana Cristina Gonzalez Uña Director Abengoa

Worley Parsons Gilein Steensma Regional Director EMEA - New Energy Worley Parsons

Mott Macdonald Speaker TBC Mott Macdonald

Morocco Introduction - Operational experience from Gemasolar, Noor II and Noor III
  • Assess the performance of CSP plants in operation in Spain and Morocco to help develop future CSP projects
  • Review how plant managers optimised O&M and maximised MWHs to hit annual energy production targets
  • Understand how to decrease risk and cost from development, construction and operational phases.

SENER Sergio Relloso Energy Business Unit SENER

Panel - Flagship project update in Morocco
  • Assess Morocco’s strategy to develop two hybrid solar plants at Noor Midelt each have a gross CSP capacity of between 150 MW and 190 MW
  • Review the roadmaps by leading government officials to implement more CSP in their mix and reach a 52% renewables target
  • Forecast the cost reduction trends of Noor IV’s LCOE to establish increasingly cost-effective dispatchable electricity

TSK Flagsol Oliver Baudson MD TSK Flagsol

SENER Sergio Relloso Energy Business Unit SENER


Panel - Flagship project update in Chile
  • Review the rival of the Cerro Dominador project to develop 100MW of PV with 110 MW of CSP
  • Assess the new plans to construct CSP in Chile with 17.5 hour of storage to provide baseload energy to the Chilean Electricity System
  • Review the lessons leant from the investment community to develop CSP including assessment of its territory and current market

Abengoa Miguel Mendez Trigo Deputy Project Director Abengoa

Mott Macdonald Rodrigo Medina Renewable Energy Advisor Mott Macdonald

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

Cerro Dominador Fernando Gonzalez CEO Cerro Dominador

SOLARRESERVE José Antonio Lobo Vice President Development SOLARRESERVE

Panel/ Case Study - Project developments in China
  • Review the progress and timelines of China’e merging CSP projects including LuNeng Haixi, Urad and Royal Tech Yumen
  • Scale like no other - hear of SPIC Shijiazhuang Dongfang Energy’s plans to develop 2,000 MW CSP plant with support from local and central governments
  • Review how these game-changing project can revolutionise CSP in terms of LCOE reduction and improvement of reliability
Panel - Other promising markets in Australia, South Africa, Kuwait, Tunisia and other MENA countries

Get an update on project timelines due to be developed in Australia, South Africa, Kuwait and Tunisia

  • Share the lessons learnt in developing CSP in international markets including legislation challenges and a lengthy auction process.
  • Reach financial close - assess how to project finance CSP in a variety of countries.
  • Review the local challenges for CSP in different regions (e.g. obtaining land in South Africa, conditions in Kuwait)
  • Discuss the timelines of Saudi Arabia to incorporate CSP as part of their Renewables program
  • Assess how Tunisia will adopt CSP programs to be part of a 1000 MW renewables energy mix

Worley Parsons Gilein Steensma Regional Director EMEA - New Energy Worley Parsons

Cobra Group Christian Barba Business Development Director Africa Cobra Group

Société tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) Moncef Harrabi CEO Société tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG)

Acciona Speaker TBC Acciona

Section 3: The big discussion on CSP cost reduction - global impact from China, DEWA and more
Panel - The role of China and UAE in driving CSP costs down
  • Assess the impact of DEWA  to develop CSP at a record bid of USD 7.3 cents per kW/h
  • Evaluate China’s growing role in CSP development and component manufacturing
  • Discuss potential synergies and between European and Chinese CSP companies to manufacture CSP components.
  • How can European companies compete commercially against Chinese companies?
  • Assess the learning curves and experiences required by Chinese companies to develop reliable CSP components.

CENER Marcelino Sánchez Director of Solar Thermal Energy Department CENER

ACWA Power International Rajit Nanda Chief Investment Officer (CIO) ACWA Power International

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

CSNP Egoitz San Miguel Europe Manager Business Development Department China Shipbuilding Industry Co

Section 4: Concentrated Solar Heat (CSH) - Meeting the world’s enormous demand for heat
Process Heat Application - Business models, Finance and PPAs
  • Assess which companies could utilise industrial stream and heat in their day to day use – and develop a bespoke Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) around their needs
  • Review the business models attractive to project financiers & investors by evaluating CHS’ risk/return profile and comparing to utility scale projects’ pay back periods
  • Make the economics work to rival fossil fuels – Establish how to finance with either CAPEX or OPEX models

Solatom Miguel Frasquet CEO Solatom

Aalborg CSP Svante Bundgaard CEO Aalborg CSP

EnergyNest Ludvig Bellehumeur Director of Project Development EnergyNest

Industrial Solar Tobias Schwind CEO Industrial Solar

Process Heat Application Part 2 - Technical Considerations in offering ‘Heat as a Service’
  • Assess how CSP heat can be used in synergy with traditional heat generators (e.g. fossil fuels) to develop an integrated heat system
  • Review the type of heat required (<150 °C, 150-400 °C, >400 °C) from CSP to meet industry needs including EOR, desalination, mining, food, chemicals and more...
  • Evaluate how CSP parts and components may differ when constructing a smaller scale plant for industry

Solatom Miguel Frasquet CEO Solatom

Aalborg CSP Svante Bundgaard CEO Aalborg CSP

EnergyNest Ludvig Bellehumeur Director of Project Development EnergyNest

Industrial Solar Tobias Schwind CEO Industrial Solar

Leading Initiatives for District Heat
  • Rivalling natural gas- review the latest economics to develop CSP heat for districts
  • Assess the synergy for combining CSP with biomass/waste to energy to develop 24/7 heat system
  • Evaluate the market potential for deploying this technology in Northern Europe including case studies from Denmark.
Section 5: Cost saving innovations taking CSP
Hybrids Part 1: CSP in combo with PV, gas, biomass and other tech - the latest formula by leading EPCs and technology providers
  • Review the latest in optimising the levelized cost of energy for CSP/PV hybrids
  • Best of both - see how CSP/PV hybrids can act to provide a 24/7 system using PV’s cost effectiveness and CSP’s dispatchable qualities
  • Review how hybrids can be used in more complicated PPAs in order to get returns during peak demand through ‘time of day multiples’

SENER Jorge Rodriguez SENER

TSK Flagsol Oliver Baudson MD TSK Flagsol

Hybrids Part 2: CSP in combo with PV, gas, biomass and other tech- the latest formula by leading EPCs and technology providers
  • Case Study 1: Review the lessons learnt from a first of its kind CSP + gas prototype to provide cost-effective energy
  • Case Study 2: Understand the latest initiatives to optimise hybrid plants including wind, PV or other renewable technologies
  • Evaluate the future design of CSP as part of a wider energy mix to implement dispatchable electricity

Grupo Cobra José Miguel Estebaranz Peláez Technology and Innovation Lead Engineer Grupo Cobra

Grupo Cobra Ruben de Arriba Technology & Innovation Engineer Grupo Cobra

Supplier Side LCOE Reduction, Technology Development and Supply Chain Considerations
  • Cost cutting vs technology optimization: What should the industry prioritize when regarding LCOE reductions
  • Logistics: How can CSP suppliers adapt to the changing logistical needs of the industry
  • Working with the EPC: How can suppliers more adequately work with EPCs to ensure mutually beneficial and achievable cost reductions
  • Supply chain considerations - how much lower can local/international companies reduce the cost of heliostats and other components?
  • Technology development: review the latest trends for operation and design with AI, new heliostats, new cleaning processes, remote operation, new materials for solar receivers, new arrangements for the thermal storage, new molten salts and more…

Rioglass Solar Jeroen Van Schijndel Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Rioglass Solar

O&M Strategies - Lowering costs and increasing performance
  • Optimizing plant performance: From efficient storage use to optimal cleaning and solar field strategies that optimize plants
  • Case studies from leading Spanish plants: Discover how to operate the solar field to reduce breakages and optimize production drastically for increased ROI
  • O&M R&D: Improvements in the Inspection of CSP Plants
Lunch Workshop: USA Panel tackling the latest CSP developments, market opportubities and tech innovations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Parthiv Kurup Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Cost and Systems Analyst | Strategic Energy Analysis Center National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Mark Mehos Program Manager, Concentrating Solar Power National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Section 6: The big energy storage debate
Panel - Meeting grid demand and developing ‘Storage as a Service’
  • Discuss how energy storage can assist in the transformation of electricity market to optimise generation, trading and transportation
  • Discuss which type of energy storage technologies (thermal, electrochemical and more) can be utilised and where on the grid
  • Review the potential price arbitrage strategies to providing storage as a service

Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions Michael Geyer Chief Development Officer Abengoa-Algonquin Global Energy Solutions

Juan Ignacio Burgaleta Consultant

BrightSource Jayesh De Silva Business Development Manager BrightSource

Energy storage analysis and case study from Brightsource
  • Review the latest economics and financial models to drive thermal storage and CSP development
  • Compare and contrast models for thermal vs PV + batteries including insight on the latest cost reduction trends
  • Maximise your plant by producing cheap electrity at night as well as offering the grid balancing/shaping capabilities and ancillary services.

BrightSource Jayesh De Silva Business Development Manager BrightSource

Panel - Hybrids: Thermal storage + PV, gas or other power generations
  • Couple thermal storage with PV to make a cost effective dispatchable system rivalling batteries
  • Surplus gas capacity - assess how molten salt can be used to absorb electricity from conventional gas fired plants
  • Review the economics of potential hybrids according to the cost of energy in different regions
Advancements in Thermal Storage Systems with Molten Salt
  • Review storage strategies to lower CAPEX, lower melting point and increase Delta-T
  • Develop high energy density, no corrosion and low-cost storage to integrate into a CSP plant
  • Assess the lessons learnt from designing insulated tank, the thermal-fluid properties of the molten salt and the pump performance

CMI Group Jean-Michel Wautelet Sales Manager CMI Group

Section 7: Improving reliability during the operational phase - Lessons learnt from Spain
Insights from plant managers in Spain to maximize MWh and reduce costs during operations
  • Review the operational and technical challenged faced by CSP plant managers to maintain a reliable energy system
  • Assess the latest initiatives to reduce cost and improve reliability
  • Discuss the lessons learnt for any new CSP project being developed

If you are interested in CSP Madrid 2018 please contact us on the below details:

Paul Soskin

Paul Soskin

Project Director
New Energy Update
+1800 814 3459 x7503 (US)
+44 (0) 207 422 7503 (Global)

Jon Harman

Jon Harman

Global Project Director
New Energy Update
+1800 814 3459  (US)
 +44 (0)207 375 7577 (Global)

Tobias Crow

Tobias Crow

Business Development Manager
New Energy Update
+1800 814 3459 x4358 (US)
+44 (0) 207 422 4358 (Global)

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Bronze Sponsors

  • CMI-Solar
  • Rioglass