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Big Solar Germany: solar heat at record-low 36 EUR/MWh

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Operators of several gas-driven combined cycle power plants have notified the German Federal Network Agency of their systems’ final shutdown. These plants are no longer economically viable, as they have been running ever fewer hours because of a high proportion of cost-effective renewable grid electricity. Their shutdown will create a shortage of supply in district heating networks providing thermal energy to German municipalities. Utility-scale solar thermal plants equipped with seasonal storage could help close the gap at attractive heat prices of around 36 EUR/MWh, said Christian Holter, Managing Director of Austrian turnkey system supplier S.O.L.I.D., which has carried out feasibility studies on behalf of several European cities.

 

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The Editorial Team


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