Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader,
2017 ended on some remarkable news about utility-scale solar heat around the globe. 15 December saw the inauguration of a 1.6 MW solar district heating plant in western France – the first-ever project supported by the new national scheme for large-scale systems. Similarly, a 3.5 MW process heat installation is being set up in Vietnam. And in Kyrgyzstan´s capital, 0.5 MW vacuum tubes have been feeding into a biomass-powered district heating network. These three projects have been the most ambitious ones across their respective regions, but seem small compared to what is being planned in California, where US-based Glasspoint intends to erect an 850 MW solar steam plant for enhanced oil recovery. The photo shows a similar Glasspoint system currently being built in Oman. It features parabolic trough collectors inside greenhouses.
Let´s keep up the tempo in the commercial solar heat market.
Best of luck with your business ventures in 2018.
The editorial team
Solar district heating in France
Solar process heat in Vietnam
Vacuum tube field in Kyrgyzstan
Glasspoint project in California