This is a long-running, annual conference that attracts a wide
range of participants, and has as its "base” technical executives in the solar industry.
This year, in addition to giving a broad overview of the field, the conference
focuses on utilities as customers and a market segment. As AltaTerra Research first
pointed out in 2010, utility solar, both in the United States, has emerged as a
high-volume, high-growth segment of the market. In fact, it often represents
the largest sales volumes and highest rates of growth. Moreover, the U.S.
mirrors global trends.
Tomorrow there will be a series of sessions specifically
focused on current issues in utility-scale solar:
- Government Affairs, Federal Policy & Initiatives
- Utility Perspectives Panel: Strategies from Major Utility Companies
- Transmission Panel: Unique Perspectives from Utilities, Developers and
Regulators on Issues of Transmission
- Siting & Land Development Panel: Federal and Local Issues Facing
Utility-scale Solar Project Land Development
- Environmental Policy Panel: Environmental Issues Facing New Utility-scale Solar
Development and Topics to Watch in 2012
- Banking & Finance Panel: The Hurdles and Challenges Financing Large-scale
Solar Projects, and Featuring a Discussion of How PV and CSP Compete on the
Issue of "Bankability"
In an interesting turn of events, the "Photovoltaic
Summit" is now covering the type of utility-scale solar that specifically
does not use photovoltaics. CSP comes up in the agenda on the second day of the
conference and now the organizers have added a third day devoted to CSP.
Registered attendees of Photovoltaics Summit 2012 are invited to attend
Concentrating Solar Thermal Power day on Thursday, April 19.
Here is a summary of that day’s agenda:
CSP Conference Day
Concentrating Solar Thermal Technology Applied to Enhanced
The Value of Thermal Storage
Large-Scale Project Updates: Facility Managers and Developers Discuss
Major Issues Facing CSP Facilities, and Creative Ways Sites are
CSP Construction and Plant Development in the US Southwest
EPC Market Status & Contracting Considerations
CSP Power Block: Innovations to Create Customer Value
CSP: A Solar Boost to Existing Power Plants
CSP R&D within the U.S. DOE's SunShot Initiative
Design Advancements in CSP Technology
Breakthroughs in PCM Thermal Storage for CSP
Thermal Storage in Sand - A Radical Shift in the TES Cost
Status of the Ultimate Trough Development
Advanced CSP Trough Design
Parabolic Trough Hybrid Applications
Design Advancement Q&A with TERRAFORE, US SOLAR
THERMAL STORAGE, FLABEG, ALCOA and SKYFUEL
Industry participants tend to focus on the competition
between PV and CSP—because it is in fact real and immediate, with direct
consequences for the fates of companies that are struggling to grow. What's also
important is what is happening in the competitive context surrounding both
types of solar for utility renewable energy customers.
What’s really happening in utility-scale PV and CSP? I plan
to attend and report some of my observations here.
For more information and to register, see AltaTerra’s overview of the
As a supporting organization, we are pleased
to be able to offer a 10% discount to our contacts. Simply mention
AltaTerra when you register by phone or email. Or you can use the code
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