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Balance of plant consideration moves to top of CSP agenda


Source: FCBI Energy

With 432MW of CSP capacity in construction or operation in the US and global companies such as Siemens, Areva and Bechtel making their plays to win the big share of this market, the outlook for the CSP industry is bright, but developers, EPCs and technology providers are fast realizing that without crucial consideration of Balance of Plant engineering, their chances of lowering LCOE to differentiate CSP is slim. Balance of Plant costs will constitute 50% of overall project expense and so getting this right from the beginning is absolutely crucial for cost competitiveness and overall industry prevalence.

With key issues being asked by developers and EPCs worldwide, including how electricity delivered will ultimately ensure the fulfilment of your PPA, ensuring your plant configuration is optimized for maximum yield and understanding the impact of location and sizing choice, the 1st CSP Today Yield Optimization Conference, taking place October 27-28 in Denver, will cover these issues in more detail than ever before.

Key presentations include:

  • Mitigating Your Risk Through Effective Engineering and Equipment Supply - Eric Svendsen, CEO, Foster Wheeler Energia, S.L.U.
  • Modeling and Optimization Case Studies - Models Versus Actual Results – Mike Wagner, Mechanical Engineer, NREL
  • Surefire Control Strategies – Peter Tanner, Manager - Controls Engineering, Areva
  • Realtime O&M for Solar Thermal Plants - Bob Cable, Plant Manager – NSO, Acciona Solar Power

The brochure and agenda for this event are now ready and the event itself has direct input and speakers from Acciona Solar Power, Abengoa Solar, Abener, Nexant, NREL, SENER, Areva, and BrightSource Energy along with current sponsors including Foster Wheeler and WorleyParsons, with more coming on board every day.

The technical detail at this event, along with the unique opportunity to meet with top level decision makers from EPCs, Developers and Technology providers, makes it a must-attend. The two day session is looking to answer key questions to guarantee maximum plant yield through improved BOP engineering, and thus optimize the value of CSP power both for individual projects and the industry as a whole.

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