In late 2018 several members of our team presented their research at the 2018 SolarPACES conference in Casablanca, Morocco. Conference proceedings should be available soon.
The SolarPACES conference attracts experts in the field of concentrated solar power (CSP) and associated technologies from around the world. This was a great opportunity to present MGA technology to the world, and also to keep up to date on cutting edge CSP research. It was also an excellent chance to develop and expand on our academic networks.
We particularly enjoyed listening to the group from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratoy, USA) discuss their efforts in developing a best practices guide for CSP. They identified the lack of technical data shared between competing CSP companies as a key roadblock to the future of cost effective CSP, and propose that a best practices guide could help alleviate this.
We were also interested in hearing updated performance data from the Crescent Dunes and SEGS CSP plants in Nevada and California, USA, and were happy to hear they are continuing to perform well. These two plants can provide almost 500 MW of electricity to nearby homes and businesses!
The MGA technology attracted considerable attention, earning a special mention in the conference’s closing statement by Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform at Khalifa University, UAE.
Perhaps some you of will meet members of our team at the SolarPACES 2019 conference in Daegu, South Korea?