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Workshop on Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Markets, System Value, and Financing

February 26-28, 2018

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

The Noor concentrated solar power plant supplies clean energy to 2 million people.
  • Co-hosted by the World Bank and Dubai Water & Electricity Authority

    This workshop provides decision makers across the MENA region with an opportunity to share their knowledge about CSP technology, financing, and power system value, and to learn from other regions actively developing CSP.

    A wide range of expert speakers including planners, utilities officials, developers, and investors will present, providing a holistic picture of best practice applied to CSP.

    This event is the second of a series held under the World Bank’s CTF-supported MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program (KIP). Last year’s event at the Noor Solar Complex (near Ouarzazate) showed how Morocco has built one of the world’s premier CSP installations. This year’s event will showcase how Dubai is successfully integrating CSP into its growing power system at a market-changing drop in price.

    This event will delve into the value of CSP, its pros and cons, and how to scale it up. The sessions will:

    • update participants on CSP technologies, costs, and markets worldwide
    • show how CSP contributes to greening energy systems alongside other renewables
    • share operational experience to date with CSP plants and grid off-takers
    • compare the value of CSP’s thermal storage and dispatchability to fossil and variable renewables
    • explore opportunities to build a high-tech local CSP supply chain and create employment opportunities,
    • share lessons from the MENA CSP KIP on investment decision-making in Jordan, Tunisia and elsewhere
    • analyze trends in structuring and financing of CSP projects 
    • explore solar thermal’s potential for heat & steam generation in the industry

    The two days of plenary sessions will be followed by one day of training, demonstrating some of the modules that the KIP will offer to countries in the MENA region in customized packages.

    In addition to showcasing new developments, the workshop will continue to strengthen the MENA network of policy makers and utility officials working to integrate renewables into their power markets. All non-confidential presentation materials and reports presented — including the forthcoming report Harnessing CSP for Development — will be shared with participants.

    This workshop is by invitation only, but materials will be made publicly available. Please address any questions or comments to menacspkip@worldbankgroup.org with CC to contact@menacspkip.com.

  • World Bank and Dubai Energy Water Authority Partner to Promote Concentrating Solar Power

    WASHINGTON, February 22, 2018 – The World Bank and Dubai Energy Water Authority (DEWA) have launched a collaboration to expand the market for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The first initiative of the partnership will be a CSP focused event in Dubai from February 26 to 28.

    The ‘Workshop on CSP Markets, System Value & Financing’ will provide decision-makers across the MENA region an opportunity to share information about CSP technology, financing, and power system value, and to learn from other regions actively developing CSP. Participants will also hear the perspectives of a diverse range of planners, utilities, developers and investors. The World Bank and DEWA are co-organizing and will co-host the by-invitation-only event.

    “The collaboration with the World Bank in this event is part of DEWA’s desire to share best international experiences and expertise,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, “and to enhance cooperation with international agencies and the private sector in the development of renewable energy.”

    The Dubai event is the second of a series held under the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund-supported MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program (KIP). The last event was held at the Noor Solar Complex, at Ouarzazate, and focused on lessons from Morocco’s success in financing and building one of the world’s premier CSP installation, with a total capacity of 510 MW, built in three phases.

    “In addition to showcasing new developments, the workshop will continue to strengthen the MENA network of policy makers and utility officials working to integrate renewables into their power markets,” said Erik Fernstrom, Energy Practice Manager of the MENA Region for the World Bank, which has a growing presence in Dubai and across the Gulf region to support sustainable energy development.

    The event will showcase DEWA’s 700 MW CSP plant, part of the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This project will be the largest single-site CSP project in the world.

    The event will also update the approximately 150 participants on CSP technologies, costs, and markets worldwide, share operational experience to date with CSP plants and off-grid takers and compare the value of CSP’s thermal storage and dispatchability to fossil and variable renewables; among other key topics.

    DATE:February 26, 2018
    TIME:09:00 GST
    PLACE:Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

    Interested media should contact Belén Gallego at belen.gallego@ata.email, tel. +971588811890