The rankings were recently unveiled in a report by REN21, an international multi-policy stakeholder network that promotes a rapid global transition to renewable energy.
According to REN21, the 100 megawatt CSP plant in
Although Spain and the US are still by far the market leaders in CSP, investment in this technology is accelerating most rapidly in regions that receive high amounts of daily sunshine-- or in industry terminology, high direct normal irradiation (DNI).
Worldwide since 2004, global CSP capacity has increased 10-fold, and last year surged 36 percent to a total of 3.4 Gigawatts of energy generated. .
"We're pleased to see how high the
"And the numbers bear fruit: since its launch, Shams 1 has been generating enough power to electrify 20,000 homes in the
The REN21 report demonstrates how through its investment in CSP technology, the
The 2.5 square kilometer facility uses solar thermal collectors to concentrate heat from sunlight into a central tube, where a special oil is heated to 393°C.
In turn the heat from the oil generates steam that drives a turbine, which then powers a steam generator that produces electricity for
Meanwhile, the report said that the number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 earlier this year.
Of the 144 countries with renewable energy support policies and targets in place, 95 are developing nations.
The rise of developing world support contrasts with declining incentives and growing uncertainty in
The report said the US,
It added that renewables are achieving high levels of penetration in several countries, as wind power met 33.2 percent and 20.9 percent of electricity demand in
It also said that
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