Solar Resource (1.4MB)
CSP Potentials (6.2MB)
MED-CSP DNI 2002 (3.6MB)
Trieb_SolarPaces Presentation (1.2 MB)
DLR report Solar Import (10 MB)
Contact: Dr. Franz Trieb, Carsten Hoyer-Klick, Dr. Christoph Schillings
The analysis of the technical potential of concentrating solar power (CSP) on a global scale was elaborated within the European project REACCESS. It is based on annual direct normal irradiation (DNI) data provided by NASA Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy program (SSE) Version 6.0.
The solar resource data has been uploaded to a geographic information system and processed together with spatial data on land use, topography, hydrology, geomorphology, infrastructure, protected areas etc. excluding sites that are not technically feasible for the construction of concentrating solar power plants. The result yields a global map of DNI for the land areas that are potentially usable for the placement of CSP plants.
This map has been analyzed statistically using a simple CSP performance model that takes contemporary parabolic trough technology as reference to determine the potential of solar electricity generation for different classes of annual DNI intensity ranging from 2000 to 2800 kWh/m²/y. The paper describes the assessment methodology and the technical and economic CSP model, and shows the results of this analysis for the different world regions.
The paper was presented during the SolarPaces Conference in Berlin, 15-18 September 2009.
The paper can be downloaded here. Attention: A typing error in Equation 1 on page 4 was corrected. It should be +694 instead of -694 in the old version!
The presentation can be downloaded here.
A DLR internal report on solar electriciy import corridors can be found here: Franz Trieb, Marlene O’Sullivan, Thomas Pregger, Christoph Schillings, Wolfram Krewitt (2009): Characterisation of Solar Electricity Import Corridors from MENA to Europe - Potential, Infrastructure and Cost - (The report was prepared in the frame of the EU project ‘Risk of Energy Availability: Common Corridors for Europe Supply Security (REACCESS)’ carried out under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission (Theme - Energy-2007-9. 1-01: Knowledge tools for energy-related policy making, Grant agreement no.: 212011).)