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NEWS of TREC, CSP AND HVDC 2008

News from 2007 and earlier, News from 2009

Here are links to web pages containing news of TREC, the Desertec proposals, CSP or HVDC (or any combination of those things). On other pages, there is related news and an archive of news reports about TREC. News from 2007 and earlier years can be found via the 2007 news page.

News about specific CSP plants and projects can be seen on Google Earth via a link from our resources page.

  • Desertec: Reports which make specific mention of TREC or the Desertec proposals.
  • CSP: Reports with a focus on CSP.
  • CSP-PROJECT: News of specific CSP projects.
  • HVDC: Reports with a focus on large-scale HVDC transmission grids or the creation of a Europe-wide or EUMENA-wide single market for electricity, or both..
  • CSP-PROCESS: The use of solar heat or electricity from CSP plants to power industrial processes, including the synthesis of fuels.
  • CPV: Reports about the use of PV in conjunction with the concentrating technique.
  • M denotes a contribution to the media by a member of TREC or Desertec-UK.

 

DECEMBER

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31 CSP Tapping sunshine Deccan Herald    
24 CSP Abengoa’s 280 MW Solena solar plant to use molten salt Solar Guide Pro    
23 Desertec Samer Zureikat talks about MENA Cleantech and the Desertec project AOL TV    
23 CSP Sopogy, Inypsa & Omniwatt announce 50-MW MicroCSP plant Renewable Energy World    
22 CSP Turning on solar thermal power EcoWorld    
22 CSP 150 Solar startups, Part 6: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) GreenTechMedia    
22 CPV Concentrix opens production line for CPV Renewable Energy World    
20 CSP-PROJECT Solar-powered plant to be built in Daegu Joongang Daily    
19 Desertec Gerry Wolff at TREC-UK on UfM's Desertec plans Blinkx   M
18 CSP SCE gets CPUC approval for 245-MW solar thermal plans Renewable Energy World    
18 CPV Greek solar project uses concentrator photovoltaic technology CarbonFree    
18 CSP PROJECT SCE gets CPUC approval for 245-MW solar thermal plans Renewable Energy World    
16 HVDC Offshore wind farms sparked by HVDC Control Engineering    
15 CSP SolFocus lands Greek deal for concentrated solar CNET    
15 CSP Study: Wind, solar baseload easily beat nuclear The Grist    
14 CSP A passion for solar power The Business Press    
13 CSP Concentrated solar thermal power New Energy Direction    
12 CSP-PROJECT Green energy station to be built in Badaling area People's Daily    
12 CSP UA institute to establish solar park AZ Star    
12 Desertec Green 'super-grid' could let Europe harness African Sun New Scientist    
11 CSP Creating new jobs, cutting carbon emissions, and reducing oil imports by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency Earth Policy Institute    
10 CSP Wind, water and sun beat biofuels, nuclear and coal for clean energy, researcher says PhysOrg    
10 CSP Wind, water and sun beat other energy alternatives, study finds Stanford News Service    
10
CSP Siemens to supply 123-MW steam turbine-generator for California solar thermal power plant Green Energy for Earth    
9
Desertec Energy COOL: A powerful renewable vision (reprise) Get Energy Smart Now    
8 CSP-PROJECT Abengoa's PS20 solar farm gets ready for inauguration CSP Today    
8 CSP-PROJECT SCE gets approval for a solar facility CSP Today    
8 CSP-PROJECT FPL breaks ground on hybrid solar energy plant CSP Today    
8
CSP-PROJECT Acme to set up 100MW solar thermal power plant CSP Today Indiaserver  
8
HVDC ANALYSIS-European supergrid far-fetched but possible Forexpros    
8
CSP The Energy Debates: Solar Farms Live Science    
5 Desertec Solar Plan (MSP) becomes the flagship project of the Union for the Mediterranean SolarServer    
5
HVDC Europe planning supergrids that would provide 100% clean energy Device Dailly    
5
CSP Tight credit market unplugs renewable energy construction Phoenix Business Journal    
3 CSP Solar thermal projects gather steam -- and opposition LA TIMES    
3
CSP Solar industry pleads for more federal help San Francisco Business Times    
3
CSP Hot Question: How big should solar get? Wall Street Journal    
2
HVDC Europe backs supergrids Technology Review    
2
HVDC Europe begins work on supergrid Red Mullet    
2
HVDC Probing for fluff in Europe's supergrids vision EnergyWise    
2
CSP-PROJECT Hybrid solar plant to reduce need for fossil fuel Associated Press Reuters  
2
CSP-PROCESS DLR scientists achieve solar hydrogen production in a 100-kilowatt pilot plant FuelCellWorks Hydrogen Motors  
1
Desertec Clean power from deserts (PDF, 456 KB, Forum CSR International, December 2008, pp 29-31). This is an article by Gerry Wolff, Coordinator of Desertec-UK. Forum CSR International   M
1
CSP Innovation in concentrating solar power - CSP. This is an article by Rob Palgrave, a member of Desertec-UK. There is also a PDF version (456 KB). Renewable Energy Focus   M

NOVEMBER

Date
Area Title Source See also M
29
CSP Nullarbor seen as a solar power oasis The West    
25
CSP-PROJECT Spanish solar power tower almost ready Earth2Tech    
24
HVDC Ultra-High Voltage transformer High Voltage Info    
24
CSP-PROJECT Power in the desert: solar towers will harness sunshine of southern Spain The Guardian Greenpeace  
23
CSP Popularity contest The Grist    
20
CSP Solar manufacturer Schott escapes economic woes Forbes    
20
CSP Solar thermal comes out of the shadows The Daily Climate    
19 HVDC Supergrid Gather    
18
CSP NREL, Iberdrola begin solar measuring network Sustainable Business Colorado Energy News  
18
CSP Un concentrateur solaire portable de 1 500 watts Enerzine    
17
CSP It's for sun, it's for wind, it's supergrid New Energy News    
17
CSP Sorting intermittent supply in solar energy CSP Today    
14
CSP EU Calls for energy supply shake-up Der Spiegel    
14
CSP-PROJECT Solar Energy | Kimberlina CSP Plant Renewable Energy Development    
14
HVDC EU unveils plan to weaken Russian grip on gas supply The Guardian    
14
HVDC European blueprint for offshore grid Scottish Government    
14
CPV SolFocus releases new SF-1100S CPV system Renewable Energy World Treehugger, EcoGeek  
13
CSP Solar thermal and fossil energy working together Green Energy News CSP Today  
13
CSP Australia's potential for development of CSP gets reiterated CSP Today    
13
HVDC High-performance transformers Business Times    
13
Desertec EU’s ideas for energy looking tired WWF    
13
HVDC Power supergrid plan to protect Europe from Russian threat to choke off energy The Times    
11
CSP Lack of funding forces rethink Financial Times    
10
CSP-PROJECT Mitsui Engineering wins order for UAE solar thermal test plant Trading Markets    
10
CSP Al Gore details five-step plan to clean electricity CNet    
9
CSP The climate for change NY Times    
6
CSP Solar Millennium sells stake in Andasol power plants to solar funds CSP Today    
6
CSP-PROJECT Andasol 1 goes into operation Renewable Energy World    
5
CSP Running on empty: deserts could solve energy crisis The Age    
5
Desertec Lack of political will slowing Europe's renewables revolution, engineers say Guardian    
5
HVDC Berlin urged to speed up energy project Onet    
4
CPV World’s largest concentrating solar PV project announced by SolFocus TreeHugger    
3
CSP Researchers explore hybrid concentrated solar energy system Renewable Energy World    
2
CSP Europe's dream of endless energy Zukunfstreffe    
1
CSP Solar thermal power may make sun-powered grid a reality Popular Mechanics    

OCTOBER

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31 CSP Thermal solar power: Why concentrating on the sun promises a bright future Financial Times    
31
CPV Green Volts green grant for concentrated solar Carbon Free    
30
CSP Solar Millennium sells stake in Andasol CSP projects Renewable Energy World    
28
CPV Concentrix Solar and Abengoa Solar successfully connect 2 MW power station to Spanish grid Concentrix Solar Solar Report  
27
CSP Abengoa marks investment worth $1.35 billion a year CSP Today    
27
CSP "I have inquiries for projects equal to thousands of megawatts around Australia" CSP Today    
27
CSP ICP Solar plans to acquire Ibersolar of Spain CSP Today    
27
CSP MAR prepares for new welding technology to be applied to solar panel assembly CSP Today    
26
CSP Solar development in Jordan New Energy News    
25
CSP Mega solar: the world’s 13 biggest solar thermal energy projects Eco Worldly    
24
CSP-PROJECT Ausra launches first solar thermal plant in California in nearly 20 years Renewable Energy World Mercury News, CSP Today  
23
CSP-PROJECT Governor Schwarzenegger participates in launch of new solar energy facility Office of the Governor Environment News, SF Gate, Reuters, Treehugger, MSNBC, Inhabitat  
22
CSP 'Thermal storage for dish-stirlings and solar towers still needs significant R&D work' CSP Today    
22
CSP Siemens to supply an industrial steam turbine for Solar Tres plant CSP Today    
21
CSP US Solar and APS move forward with solar thermal storage technologies CSP Today    
20
CSP Is the Sun setting on solar power in Spain? Scientific American    
20
CSP Commissioner Piebalgs visits two state-of-the-art solar plants in southern Spain supported with EU-funds Europa    
18
CSP Solar Thermal Electric Power AMBL    
18
CSP US elections: who will avert the energy crisis? (New Scientist, 2008-10-18). This article contains a section about Professor David Mills of Ausra and their plans for CSP. New Scientist    
17
CSP-PROJECT $4.3 million solar project will be built, tested north of Tucson Tucson Citizen AZStarBiz  
16
CSP GE gees up concentrated solar company Carbon Free    
15
CSP TCE envisages building a solar thermal power pilot plant in Qatar CSP Today    
15
CSP Energy storage: How solar can always meet demand Renewable Energy World    
15
CSP APS, US Solar get $4.35 million grant Phoenix Business Journal    
15
CSP Utility-scale solar power in the spotlight Checkmate    
14
CSP Schott Solar signs contracts in the Middle East and the US CSP Today    
14
CSP Concentrating solar outfit Soliant Energy gets General Electric investment The Industry Standard CSP Today  
14
CSP SkyFuel unveils SkyTrough technology Renewable Energy World CSP Today  
12
CSP-PROJECT World’s largest Solar Power Plant planned in Arizona for 2011 Inspiring News    
11
CSP SolarTAC to accelerate solar technology development EcoFriendly Mag    
10
CSP Return of the solar power tower IEEE Spectrum    
10
CSP Researchers from three continents join forces on solar rooftop project Get Solar    
10
CSP SkyFuel unveils the SkyTrough(TM): the world's highest performance, lowest cost utility-scale solar power system Market Watch Clean Technica, Earth Talk  
7
CSP Largest solar thermal storage plant to start up IEEE Spectrum    
7
CSP-PROJECT Army plans 500-megawatt solar thermal farm CNET CSP Today  
3
CPV Cool Earth Solar bets on new, money-saving technology San Francisco Business Times Nonimanager  
2
CSP Ausra Secures US $60.6M in funding Renewable Energy World    
2
CSP $76m lights up solar tech maker Australian IT    
1
CSP California solar developers have eye on southwestern New Mexico IStockAnalyst    
1
CSP Google proposes $4.4 trillion clean energy plan PC World GreenVC, Its Getting Hot in Here, Green Prudence, New Energy News  
1
CSP Largest solar thermal storage plant to start up IEEE    
1
Desertec Clean power from deserts (PDF, 465 KB), Arab Water World XXXII (10), p 20, October 2008). This is an article by Gerry Wolff, Coordinator of TREC-UK. Arab Water World   M
1
CSP Solar developer Ausra gets $60M private investments Reuters    

 

SEPTEMBER

Date
Area Title Source See also M
30
CSP CSP: bright future for linear fresnel technology? (PDF, 368 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, September/October 2008, pp 48-51). This article is by Graham Ford, CEO of HelioDynamics Ltd and member of TREC-UK. Renewable Energy Focus   M
30
CSP Electricity: levelling the renewables playing field (PDF, 1028 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, September/October 2008, pp 42-47). This article is by Polly Higgins, barrister and member of TREC-UK. Renewable Energy Focus   M
30
CSP Solar eclipse? Site Selection    
30
CPV Fraunhofer ISE researchers achieve 39.7% solar cell efficiency Renewable Energy World    
28
Desertec Africa’s dazzling vision Times Online    
25
CSP-PROJECT Major solar facility has ACC approval AZ Star Net    
25
Desertec Could solar power from Africa supply all Europe’s energy? Business Magazine    
24
CSP INTERVIEW-Sahara solar scheme could power poor West Africa. The Akosombo Declaration referred to in this report may be downloaded as a PDF file (152 KB) Reuters   M
24
Desertec Giant Mirrors Tap Sun, Subsidies in Europe's Clean Power Bid Bloomberg    
23
CSP Reliance Power plans to tap opportunities in wind, solar power India Times    
22
CSP DOE funds $67.6 million to develop cost-competive solar power storage by 2015 North Coast Oregon Sustainable Business  
19
CSP DOE to fund 15 new solar projects Energy Current Electric Assets  
17
HVDC A national grid will make renewable electricity work The Grist    
17
CSP SolarReserve gets US $140M Series B Funding Renewable Energy World Renewable Energy Jobs  
13
CSP-PROJECT APS announces new solar power plant, among world’s largest Solar Guide Pro    
12
HVDC

ABB delivers longest underwater power link

Edu Bourse    
12
SUPERGRID Supergrid proposal 'of European importance' Low Carbon Economy New Energy Focus  
11
CSP Solel Solar and Glaston Partner on $9M solar reflector manufacturing facility Solar Energy News    
11
CSP 3M to launch renewable energy unit Sustainable Business    
11
CSP Solel & Glaston open US $9M solar reflector manufacturing facility Renewable Energy World    
10
CSP 'Clean' energy sources pushed Deseret News    
10
CPV Concentrator-solar photovoltaic power at a quarter the cost: Morgan Solar Sun Simba HCPV Treehugger    
9
CSP, HVDC A national electricity grid for Australia The Oil Drum    
9
CSP The Sun is our unique source of energy Blogactiv    
9
Desertec EU, Africa unveil 'ambitious' energy partnership EUR Activ    
7
CSP Singur's lessons for solar power Times of India    
5
Desertec Kingdom positioned to become solar power Saudi Gazette    
4
CSP Investing in the renewable energy infrastructure 12 Degrees of Freedom    
3
CSP PROJECT Nagpur to house India's biggest solar thermal plant India Times    
3
CPV CPV, Pt. 1: Stuck in the middle GreenTech Media    
3
Desertec Svegliatevi, c'è il solare termico La Stampa    
3
CSP Environment: Solar plant yields water and crops from the desert Guardian Peak Energy  
2
CSP Concentrating solar thermal power Renewable Energy World    
1
CSP A national solar plan Springs Blogger    

 

AUGUST

Date
Area Title Source See also M
30 Desertec "Soak up the sun to save the planet" on page 9 IPU Review    
30
Desertec Saudi Arabia positioned to become solar power Gulf in the Media    
29
HVDC BritNed Submarine HVDC Cable To Connect UK And The Netherlands Power Online    
27
CSP Ausra not blinded by the sun Business Spectator    
26
CSP, Desertec The (renewable) electron economy, part 9 Grist    
26
Desertec Arabian Desert Solar: Better than Russian gas via Georgia Solar Feeds    
24
Desertec Massive Saharan Solar Project Could Power $71 Billion EU Supergrid Treehugger    
23
SUPERGRID African Solar Could Power all of Europe Auto-Opstroom    
23
CSP Harvest The Sun Times of India    
22
CSP New rays of hope for solar power’s future Christian Science Monitor    
22
Desertec The Saudi Arabia Of Solar Energy Forbes    
21
CSP-PROJECT Utility volunteers to close two coal plants in Colorado Christian Science Monitor    
20
CSP The Renewable Electron Economy, Supplying Clean Energy - Summary for Policymakers Part 2 Green Thoughts    
18
CSP Green Engineering: Solar thermal technology heats up EETimes    
15
CSP Giant solar power plant to tap Sahara sunshine The Ecologist    
15
CSP-PROJECT Let The Sun Shine Forbes Epoch Times  
13
CSP PROJECT Abengoa Solar completes financing for Solnova 4 plant      
13
CSP-PROJECT Worley weighs up $1b Pilbara solar plant Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Morning Herald (Environment), The Age, This is Money, Bloomberg, The Australian Business  
12
CSP WorleyParsons' billion-dollar solar plan Sydney Morning Herald    
11
CSP Capstone To Make Turbines that Run on Solar Power Renewable Energy World EcoTalks  
11
Desertec MPs get behind desert power scheme Building Sustainability    
9
CSP New dawn for energy market The National    
6
CSP-PROJECT Plans for first CSP plant in Asia Renewable Energy World    
6
CSP-PROJECT Fresnel Solar Collector system in service Renewable Energy World    
5
CSP New Energy: The Middle East Perspective New Energy News    

JULY

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31
CSP CSP: dish projects inch forward (PDF, 276 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, July/August 2008, pp 52-54). This article is by Stewart Taggart, Director of Acquasol Infrastructure Ltd, Coordinator of Desertec-Australia, and member of TREC-UK. Renewable Energy Focus   M
31
CPV Competition heats up in concentrating solar firms CNet    
31
CPV 13 Startups working on Solar-Concentrating PV Earth2Tech    
31
CSP Technologies shine on parabolic trough solar plants Power Engineering    
31
CSP-PROCESS MIT researchers split water to store solar energy CNet Popular Mechanic  
31
Desertec Challenging 'voodoo' economics in the race for the best technology. This is an article by Polly Higgins of TREC-UK in the July 2008 issue (12) of Carbon2Share, published by Colin Challen MP. It is in three JPEG files: Section 1 (379 KB), Section 2 (270 KB), and Section 3 (341 KB). Click the '+' or 'enlarge' button to show each image full size. Carbon2Share   M
31
Desertec Tewfik Hasni (Algeria) and Calixte Jeuffrain (TREC-France) speak about the Desertec concept on French radio RFI (MP3, 4.6 MB, Les Visiteur de Jour, in French) RFI   M
30
CPV SolFocus builds out first phase of Spanish solar plant Earth2Tech    
30
CSP Utah's Solar Fired Furnace to Power California for Less Than the Cost of Coal or Gas Celsias    
28
CSP Solar baseload update Climate Progress    
28
CSP Analysis: Roles and responsibilities in solar thermal Business Intelligence- Middle East    
28
CSP Low-cost Solar Thermal Plants at Heart of Algerian-German Research Push Vision    
27

Desertec

Lighting up Europe from North America New Energy News    
25
CSP Govt gets cracking on climate plan Times of India    
24
Desertec Growing Solar in the Desert Matter Network    
24
Desertec Massive Saharan solar project could power $71 billion EU supergrid TreeHugger    
24
CSP Solar Thermal Power Coming to a Boil YubaNet    
23
Desertec Dr Gerhard Knies, Coordinator of TREC, is interviewed by Robin Lustig on BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight, 2008-07-23 (Audio RAM, 1.8 MB) BBC   M
23
CSP SHEC Labs Takes First for Most Efficient Solar Concentration EcoGeek Good Clean Tech  
23
CSP Solar power comes to the boil Earth Policy Institute    
23
Desertec Solar power from Saharan sun could provide Europe's electricity, says EU Guardian Daily Mail, Telegraph  
22
Desertec Saharan sun to power European supergrid Guardian    
22
CSP Solar thermal power coming to a boil Earth Policy    
22
CSP New solar thermal plant buoys spanish investors Planet Ark    
21
CSP

Britain wants more electric vehicles in Europe
Transcript of the British Prime Minister's remarks delivered at the Union for the Mediterranean Summit in Paris. 13 July 2008 and that it contains a strong endorsement of the concept of "clean power from deserts"

Commodity Online    
20
Desertec MEPs urge action on renewable energy NewsBlaze    
19
Desertec Solar power in Europe (2008-07-19). This is a radio programme about the Desertec ideas on ABC Radio (Australia). It includes several sections of an interview with Polly Higgins of TREC-UK. ABC Radio   M
17
Desertec Gerry Wolff at TREC-UK on UfM's Desertec plans BrightCove   M
17
CSP Concentrated solar market a little more concentrated Carbon Free    
17
CSP-PROJECT Big push for big solar Carbon Free    
16
CSP-PROJECT Sopogy's MicroCSP solar farm breaks ground in Hawaii Renewable Energy World KHNL  
15
CSP Sopogy thinks small to make megawatts of solar power CNet    
14
CPV MIT’s revolutionary new concentrated solar array Inhabitat MSNBC  
14
Desertec Brown backs "major investment" in solar energy New Energy Focus    
13
CSP TNEB to buy solar power at Rs 3.15/kWh The Hindu Business Line    
13
Desertec North Sea could be 'Gulf of future' Press Association New Energy Focus  
11
CSP The Southwest desert's real estate boom CNN Money    
10 CSP Concentrating solar power: Oasis or mirage? Allianz    
10
CSP Technology could streamline solar power      
10
CSP Solar thermal power just got hotter with linear Fresnel technology Plenty    
9
CSP Concentrating solar power (approx. 8 minutes of streaming sound, DW-world.de, Deutsche Welle Radio, 2008-07-09). This is another audio piece about CSP by Naomi Fowler, including interviews with Polly Higgins of TREC-UK. Deutsche Welle Radio   M
9
CSP-PROJECT Florida Power & Light goal: 3 solar plants in 2009 Think South    
7
CSP-PROJECT Big Island solar farm to begin construction Think Green Hawaii    
5
CSP California ballot: Betting on Big Solar News Review (Sacramento)    
4
CSP 200 MW Solar Thermal Power Terraform Earth EnviroMission  
3
CSP New Mexico Utilities Bonding Over Solar Power Project earth2tech    
3
CSP A solar-powered economy: How solar thermal can replace coal, gas and oil Renewable Energy World    
2
CSP Egyptian centre to push Middle East renewables SciDev    
2
CSP US government agency reverses moratorium on solar power proposals CNN Money Review Journal  
1
Desertec

Concentrated solar power plants in North Africa could supply Europe

Building Services Journal  

JUNE

Date
Area Title Source See also M
30
CSP Ausra's Las Vegas solar thermal plant comes online CNet    
29
CSP Solar Grand Plans start answering basic questions Miller McCune    
27
CSP Freezing the sun The Economist    
27
Desertec Exploiter la richesse des déserts Le Temps    
26
CSP Storing the sun: Molten salt provides highly efficient thermal storage Renewable Energy World    
25
CSP-PROJECT FPL unveils plans for three Florida solar plants Reuters    
20
Desertec Bringing Down The Cost of Energy News Blaze  
M
19
CSP Top Seven at Intersolar Burn Some Daylight    
17
CSP Islands in the sun The Engineer    
16
CSP SCHOTT Solar plans 1GW capacity for CSP by end 2009 and for PV by 2012 PV Tech    
16
CPV Xtreme Energetics’ ultra-efficient, pretty solar systems catch HP’s eye The Industry Standard    
16
CSP Queensland and Victoria's push for Solar Energy heats up Solar Xpress    
13
CSP Clean desert power - (4.43 minutes streaming sound, Free Speech Radio News, 2008-06-13). This piece about CSP by Naomi Fowler includes interviews with Polly Higgins of TREC-UK. Download file (MP3, 4.4 MB). Free Speech Radio Network   M
13
CSP Clean desert power (audio segment) Free Speech Radio News    
13
CSP-PROJECT Pics: Solar thermal demo plant rises in Israeli desert Wired Science    
13
CSP-PROJECT PG&E inks deal with Martifer to buy 106.8 megawatts of solar-biofuel hybrid power Venture Beat Renewable Energy World, Reuters, Treehugger  
12
CSP-PROJECT Israel Site for California Solar Power Test Planet Ark    
11
CSP Future of solar cells Engineering Studies    
11
CSP Can the Canaries win the race for power survival? Canary Green    
7
CSP Solar Thermal Energy: A New Way Forward Science Tip Guides    
6
CSP Africa’s deserts could supply solar electricity to continent Majimbo Kenya Africa Science News  
5
CSP Concentrated solar power has a bright future Environmental Finance    
5
CSP-PROJECT Dishing out new power Herald Sun    
5
CSP Concentrated solar power has a bright future Environmental Finance    
4
CSP Centre for Low Carbon Technology in Buildings set to fight climate change Azobuild    
4
CSP DOE invests in solar thermal CalFinder    
4
CSP-PROJECT In the tower of sun Carbon Free    
3
CPV With transparent HP tech, pretty solar buildings? CNet    
3
CSP Spain pioneering with solar thermal power Rhein    
3
CSP-PROJECT eSolar scores 245MW solar deal in SoCal earth2tech GroovyGreen, Cnet, Reuters, Green Tech Media  
1
HVDC The New Breeds of HVDC Utility Automation and Engineering    
1
CSP Ontario Wal-Mart Canada plan venture to provide Menova Energy with up to $5.9 million for solar demonstration on roof of Wal-Mart Store (pdf) Power Spar (press release)    

MAY

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31
CSP Hot stuff: CSP and the power tower (PDF, 402 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, May/June 2008, pp 51-55). This article is by Stewart Taggart, Director of Acquasol Infrastructure Ltd, Coordinator of Desertec-Australia, and member of TREC-UK. Renewable Energy Focus   M
29
CSP Sopogy scores $9M funding from Omidyar, Hawaiian investors Earth2Tech    
28
CSP SCHOTT inaugurates solar receiver plant Renewable Energy World    
27
CSP Solar thermal technology gets its own conference at Intersolar 2008 Refrige    
26
Desertec A bright idea, harnessing desert sun New Europe    
25
Desertec Edition of the "Analysis" programme about solar power on the BBC World Service. (MP3, 7.8 MB, May 2008). This programme contains interviews with Gerry Wolff, Coordinator of TREC-UK, and with Belen Gallego, Director of CSP Today and a member of TREC-UK. The interviewer is Monica Whitlock BBC World Service   M
23
CSP Google, Chevron build mirrors in desert to beat coal with solar Bloomberg    
22
CSP Concentrating solar to reach 18 gigawatts by 2020 GreenTech Media    
21
Desertec Desertec – Vers un plan solaire français pour la Méditerranée NaturaVox    
20
CSP Solar Islands: A new concept for low-cost solar energy at very large scale The Oil Drum    
20
CSP Al Gore: Why is there no solar power in the land of the sun? Globe    
19
CSP Harnessing sun's energy, at half the price RedOrbit    
16
CSP Google.org Contributes to $115M Funding for BrightSource Sustainable Business    
16
CPV A cool trick for solar cells Technology Review    
15
CPV IBM's "liquid metal" promises concentrated PV breakthrough Business Green    
14
CSP Google.Org doubles down on solar thermal power Wired    
14
CSP BrightSource gets $115 million in new funding Market Watch CarbonFree, Renewable Energy World  
13
CSP FOCUS: Algeria eyes solar energy exports to Europe Zawya    
13
CSP The cost of utility-scale solar: PV vs. CST Renewable Energy World    
13
CSP The cost of utility-scale solar: PV vs. CST Renewable Energy World    
13
Desertec Bright Idea (Click '+' with Firefox to enlarge the image or click the 'enlarge' button with Internet Explorer) Healthy Organic Living (via TREC)    
12
CSP-PROJECT Sener and Masdar announce joint venture to develop concentrating solar power plants in the 'Sunbelt' AME Info    
10
CSP Solar Energy Could Power U.S. Many Times Over Ecolocalizer    
10
CSP Solar Power goes to Extremes for 5cents per kwh Clean Technica    
9
CSP Simple, cheap solar power from MIT Sustainable Transition Blog Media Newswire, MIT News, Green Guard  
9
CSP On the rise: Solar thermal power and the fight against global warming (PDF) California Environment California Progress  
8
CSP-PROJECT ACCIONA Energy will build two solar thermal power plants in Cordoba (Spain) totaling 100 MW with an investment of almost euros 500 million Acciona    
8
CSP Report: Large-scale solar power plants could power nation, combat global warming and create thousands of jobs Environment America    
7
Desertec The Weekly Carboholic: powering Europe from the Sahara Scholars and Rogues    
6
CSP Interview with Gerry Wolff on Network Africa, BBC World Service (MP3, 3.2 MB). This is an interview conducted by Peter Lewenstein and broadcast throughout Africa on the 6th of May 2008, 06:30 GMT. BBC World Service    
6
CSP Can solar energy save humanity? The Trumpet    
5 CSP DOE backs $60 million for concentrating solar power Matter Network    
1
Desertec Luminaries in the desert limelight Modern Power Systems    

APRIL

Date
Area Title Source See also M
30
Desertec Is Desert Solar Power the Solution to Europe's Energy Crisis? Spiegel Online    
30
CSP SkyFuel gets $17 million in venture funding New Mexico Business Weekly    
29
CSP We're off to see the wizard - Storing energy using ammonia The Oil Drum    
28
Desertec Desertec: Strom aus der Wüste (pictures) Der Spiegel    
27
Desertec Tapping solar for places where the sun don’t shine Miller McCune    
27
CSP Energy storage coming to a power grid near you CNET    
27
CSP U.S. suspends new solar projects on public land, reactions mixed Earth2Tech NY Times  
23
CSP Nevada No. 2 in solar power development Review Journal    
23
CSP Solar Energy in Egypt - Joining California & India with commercial scale hybrid power plants Eco World    
23
HVDC In search of the missing piece in the renewables jigsaw Business Green    
23
CSP Harnessing the sun: The future of green jobs The Washington Independent    
22
CSP 11 Solar thermal companies powering up Earth2Tech    
21
Desertec Solar Power From Africa: The best investment the EU can make Solve Climate    
21
Desertec Deserts to power the world NewsBlaze    
18
CSP Stirling engines meet solar power in the desert CleanTech    
17
Desertec Deserts could provide world's energy using concentrated solar power African Energy News Review    
15
CSP New Ways to Store Solar Energy for Nighttime and Cloudy Days NY Times    
15
CSP The best technology to protect the earth Grist    
15
CSP Concentrating solar power with storage (CSPwS): Foundation of the renewable grid in the west Solar South West    
15
CSP The race between two forms of sunlight Dot Earth    
15
CSP New ways to store solar energy for nighttime and cloudy days New York Times    
15
CSP Concentrated solar power: Another great new-old idea Speculist Uncommon Sense  
14
CSP Concentrated solar thermal power — a core climate solution Climate Progress    
14
CSP The technology that will save humanity Salon.com    
12
CSP-PROJECT Mega solar: the world’s 13 biggest solar thermal energy projects EcoWorldly    
12
HVDC PowerGrid’s undersea line to link India, Sri Lanka The Financial Express    
12
CSP Concentrating solar collectors can gather a lot of energy Pittsburgh Tribune Reviews    
11
CSP Eskom going solar Shed It    
11
CSP Do we need a massive government program to generate breakthroughs to make solar energy cost-competitive? GristMill    
11
CSP America funding Persian Gulf renewable energy investments Daily Kos    
10
CSP-PROJECT Solar Energy | Carrizo Energy solar farm Renewable Energy Development    
8
CSP-PROJECT 1,000 Acres of giant solar mirrors to rise in Israel's Desert, finally Solve Climate    
8
CSP-PROJECT Ahead of the curve? Fresnel technology in CSP Renewable Energy World    
4
HVDC ABB Technology gives offshore wind farms new capabilities Electric Net    
4
CSP-PROJECT Bright Source of solar thermal power CarbonFree Renewable Energy World, TreeHugger, Sustainable Business  
3
CSP Concentrating Solar Power could generate 200 billion dollars in investment by 2020 Solar Daily    
2
CSP Solel to build $140M manufacturing facility for solar power in Spain Solel    
2
CSP Concentrating on the important things - solar thermal power The Oil Drum    
2
CPV Emcore wins $4.6m follow-on order for CPV receiver assemblies Semiconductor Today CNN Money  
1
CSP New Report Finds that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Could Amass up to $200 Billion in Investment Globally for Installations Through 2020 PR Inside    
1
Desertec Desert power: A solar renaissance Geotimes    
1
CSP-PROJECT PG&E signs contracts with BrightSource Energy for up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power Yahoo CleanTech, Reuters, Meta Efficient, IT Spot  
1
CSP Parabolic troughs: CSP's quiet achiever (PDF, 534 KB) (PDF, 534 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, March/April 2008, pp 46-51). This article is by Stewart Taggart, Director of Acquasol Infrastructure Ltd, Coordinator of Desertec-Australia, and member of TREC-UK.   M
1
CSP Letter of the month - Fuels for the future Geographical, magazine of the Royal Geographical Society via TREC    

MARCH

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31
CSP Concentrating Solar Power - Technology, cost, and markets GreenTech Media    
31
HVDC EU's Piebalgs says grid infrastructure needed quickly for offshore wind energy Forbes    
31
HVDC Power Grid Corp signs loan agreements with WB, ADB India Info Online Economic Times  
29
CSP Concentrating Solar Power - Why CSPs can help meet the nation's demand for energy Green Chip Stocks    
29
CSP Concentrating solar power in brief NewsBlaze    
28
CSP

Mirror, mirror ... solar energy in the European limelight page 2 page 3 page 4 page 5

Scanned image available only. (To enlarge the image of each page, click '+' with Firefox or the 'enlarge' button with Internet Explorer).

Dr Henner Gladen, European Sustainable Energy Review, Issue 1, 2008, pages 28-32.    
28
CSP-PROJECT Will South Africa lead the solar energy revolution? Environmental News Network    
28
HVDC Kergord Valley lands role as wind farm's power centre Shetland Today    
27
HVDC E.ON, ABB developing windfarm project in Germany Reliable Plant    
26
HVDC ABB to connect German offshore wind farms to power grid Automation    
24
CSP Florida utility jumps into California solar market Green Wombat Reuters  
22
CSP Sener and Masdar announce joint venture to develop concentrating solar power plants in the “Sunbelt” Masdar UAE    
20
CSP Low-cost solar thermal plants at heart of Algerian-German research push 4 Renewable Energy World    
19
CSP-PROJECT Solar Energy - Mojave Solar Park (CSP) Renewable Energy Development Solar Industry  
19
HVDC Nexans wins 150 mln euro power cable contract Reuters Nexans, Hemscott, Norway Post  
19
HVDC SSE subsidiary consults on Scotland-Shetland transmission line Trading Markets    
19
CSP Ausra: solar power around the clock, enough for 90% of U.S. grid TreeHugger    
18
CSP Desert sunrise: Concentrating solar power makes worldwide progress Renewable Energy    
17
CSP World’s largest 38500-meal solar kitchen in India Inhabitat    
16
HVDC India-Sri Lanka power transfer project feasibility report soon The Hindu - Business Line    
14
CPV More than 200 industry leaders to attend the Concentrated Photovoltaic Summit 08 in Madrid CPV Today via TREC    
12
CSP Torresol Energy, new joint compay by SENER and Masdar Individual.com Greentech, AME, CNET, Treehugger, Emirates 24/7  
10
CPV SolFocus aims to beat coal with solar concentrators EcoGeek  
7
  Solar Millennium raises $78 million Renewable Energy    
6
CSP Rising fuel prices make the budding field of solar thermal technology more viable International Herald Tribune    
4
  Solar energy has bright future — if Senate acts Senator John Ensign    
4
  SCHOTT breaks ground in New Mexico Renewable Energy International Herald Tribune, PV Tech  
3
  Thermal power heats up Nevada Time    
2
  Go solar, presenter says Taipei Times    
1
Desertec Concentrating solar power and the proposed HVDC supergrid (PDF, 397 KB, Science in Parliament, Spring 2008, pp. 34-36). This is a briefing report and notes prepared following a "breakfast" meeting of the Scientific and Parliamentary Committee in the House of Commons on 2007-11-13. The briefing report is by Gerry Wolff and Neil Crumpton and the notes are by Professor Peter Simpson, Secretary of the Committee. UK Parliament    

FEBRUARY

Date
Area Title Source See also M
29
CSP Solar without the Panels Technology Review Gizmodo  
29
CSP Concentrated Solar Power and energy storage Leonardo Energy    
29
Desertec Mega solar concentrators EcoWorld  
M
28
Desertec-PROJECT Arizona-a brave new green solar world Gather The Varsity  
28
Desertec

Desertec proposals debated in UK Parliament

(ASF file, Windows Media, 44.4 MB). This is a video recording of a speech by Dr Howard Stoate MP and a reply by Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks MP about the Desertec proposals, in the House of Commons. There is also a Hansard transcipt of the debate.

UK Parliament Arabian Business, CarbonFree  
27
CSP-PROJECT Eskom looks to the rising sun Mail & Guardian Online    
27
Desertec Desertec. Isn't the sun in the desert ? Shake Your Planet    
26
Desertec A solar powered world? Environmental News Network    
26
CSP Green Britain gears up for climate change battle Renewable Energy World    
26
Desertec Bold energy plan to be debated in parliament NewsBlaze  
M
25
Desertec Desertec: solar energy from MENA to Europe Arab Environment Watch    
25
CSP Sun shines on solar power Engineer Live    
24
  Ray of hope? World Architecture News    
22
CSP-PROJECT Nevada Solar One generator dedicated Forbes U.S.News, Clean Technica, EcoWorld, Business Energy Review  
22
CSP Solar thermal power poised for prime time World Watch Institute    
21
CSP Naanovo Energy signs 100 MW PPA with Palestine Naanovo press release    
21
CSP The power of concentration Economist    
21
CSP-PROJECT Abengoa, APS to build 280-MW solar plant in Arizona Energy Current BusinessWire, Phoenix Business Journal, Green Energy News, Arizona Republic, Sustainable Business Green Energy News, Business Week, Inhabitat  
20
CSP Smoke and mirrors or a blueprint for clean energy? World Architecture News    
20
HVDC Siemens commissions 3000 MW HVDC transmission system in China Power Engineering FinChannel, Power Online  
20
  Renewable energy: desert dreams Time Magazine    
19
Desertec Clean Power from the Deserts Oil Depletion Analysis Centre  
M
17
Desertec Hello Sunshine (PDF, 2.1 MB, Geographical, March 2008) Geographical  
M
16
Desertec Saharan Solar Power EcoWorld    
16
  U.S. has more sun but Europe has more solar power…for now ZDNet Blogs    
15
  Salmond push for power 'supergrid' Scotsman The Herald, Scottish Government  
15
  Modern investors turn into sun worshippers Daily Telegraph    
15
  Solar power comes of age ((JPG, 1.3 MB, Carbon2Share, Issue 10, Spring 2008—newsletter produced by Colin Challen MP). This is a slightly updated version of Win-win: concentrating solar power published in Greenpeace Business in July 2007. To enlarge the image, click the '+' with Firefox or the 'enlarge' button with Internet Explorer.) Carbon2Share    
14
CSP Cool Earth Solar generates power with 'solar balloons' CNet Seeker Blog, Smart Planet  
12
  Sandia, Stirling Energy Systems set new world record for solar-to-grid conversion efficiency Sandia Power Engineering, Environment News Service, Ecofriend, VNUNet, TreeHugger, Azonano, Green Wombat  
11
CSP $22b Masdar City to rely mainly on outside funds Council of Canadians London Chapter - Environment & Climate Change Protection Committee Intelligent Trave  
11
CSP Infinia dish turns out solar power with Stirling engine Green Tech Blog Reuters, GreenTechMedia  
10
  Israel to hold tender for solar energy plants Reuters    
8
  New solar, n-power forms answer to global warming Freshnews    
7
  Google to Outspend US Government on Environment Planetsave MatterNetwork, Reuters, Climate Ark, NZ Herald  
7
CSP Concentrating Solar Power experts to meet in Barcelona Objectif Terre    
7
  Costing the Earth (mp3 - 11M) BBC    
7
  The pros and cons of solar power BBC    
7
  Shyam Ponappa: Initiatives for renewable energy Business Standard    
6
HVDC Transpower Considering HVDC Replacement Options Transmission and Distribution World    
6
  Solar field site seen Monte Vista Journal    
5
CPV SolFocus installs first solar array for 3MW Spanish CPV project Semiconductor Today    
4
HVDC Dull Revolutions: HVDC Power Transmission Al Fin    
4
  Renewables: can they deliver? Greening the Economy    
2
HVDC Life in the Electric Age Always On    
2
CSP Qatar eyes solar power to meet surging demand: report Reuters    
1
HVDC Scottish islands seek aid for subsea green power 'export' link Power Engineering This is North Scotland  
1
  A bright future for solar energy? NPR (podcast)    
1
CSP CSP concentrates the mind (PDF, 832 KB, Renewable Energy Focus, January/February 2008, pp 42-47). This article, by Gerry Wolff (Coordinator of TREC-UK), Belén Gallego (Founder of CSP Today), Reese Tisdale (Senior Analyst at Emerging Energy Research), and David Hopwood (Editor of Renewable Energy Focus), introduces a series of articles about concentrating solar power. Renewable Energy Focus  
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JANUARY

Date
Area Title Source See also M
31
CPV EMCORE Corporation enters into a multi-year agreement to supply solar concentrator photovoltaic systems for utility scale power projects in the southwestern US CNN Money Semiconductor Today  
30
CSP Stirling Energy: Concentrating solar NewEnergyNews    
29
  Supergrid could provide 30% of Europe’s electricity David Strahan    
29
  Peak water in Saudi Arabia The Oil Drum    
29
CSP Renewable energy - let us not waste an opportunity Times of Malta    
28
CSP Dark clouds in solar thermal industry: ITC and transmission lines Earth2Tech    
28
HVDC Supergrid could provide 30% of Europe's electricity Global Public Media    
27
HVDC GCC power grid in 3 phases Khaleej Times    
24
CSP CSP: Market Trends and New Technologies (podcast) Renewable Energy Access    
24
TREC Biography: Gerhard Knies CNN    
23
CSP Masdar to build CSP plant worth up to $500 million Khaleej Times CleanTech, AME Info, The Lazy Environmentalist, Tackle Climate Change, Industrial Ecology, Gulf News, Menafn, India Times, NYTimes Science Blog  
23
CSP Haryana plans to set up solar energy based power project India Times Business Standard  
21
  Desert state channels oil wealth into world's first sustainable city Guardian    
21
CSP Stirling Energy takes on the solar power challenge USA Today The Daily Green  
20
HVDC No new transmission means little renewable energy Alt Energy Stocks    
19
Desertec Peter Meisen at GENI on Desertec The Lazy Environmentalist  
M
19
CSP Concentrated Solar Power Summit in San Francisco 1888 Press Release CarbonFree
18
CSP Google warms to solar thermal energy Financial Times GreenDaily, Grist, GreenTech, Clean Energy News, Green VC, Power Engineering International, Fair Investment, Seeker Blog, New Energy News, The Bulletin, Polizeros
17
  German industry giant MAN sees bright future for solar energy in the Middle East AME Info  
17
HVDC Study backs undersea cable to export Scotland's wind and wave power The Scotsman Shetland Today, Shetland News, The Crown Estate press release
16
  Solar, not nuclear CleanTech  
M
16
TREC Solar renders nuclear unnecessary SciDevNet  
M
16
CSP Concentrating solar power experts to meet in Barcelona Green Power Energy Conferences    
15
CPV SolFocus first to install solar array for 3 MW Spanish CPV project Earth Times    
15
CPV 'Concentrated PV' solar power plant hits mark in Spain CNET News    
14
CSP UK's Ecofin buys 40% of Solel Solar Systems Cleantech Investing in Israel Green Tech Media, Business Green, Clean Tech, Sustainable Business, Earth2Tech  
14
  Cheaper solar power The Engineer Online    
14
  SCHOTT to build facility in New Mexico Renewable Energy Access EarthTimes, Industry Week, GreenTech, CleanTech, Sacramento Business Journal, La Cruces Sun-News, CNET News, Green Wombat, OpEdNews, Energy Business Review, Photonics, Semiconductor International, Desert USA  
13
CSP Israeli EDIG Solar provides hybrid solution for cloudy days Israel 21c    
12
CSP Xcel seeks bids for solar project Denver Post    
12
CSP A kicker for solar power Business Standard    
11
CSP Solar Thermal Towers And How They Work The Global Warming Awareness    
11
CSP Solar, not nuclear News Blaze  
M
11
CSP Go renewable, not nuclear Comment is Free (Guardian)  
M
10
CSP Solar power gets hot Now Magazine    
9
CSP SEPA Showcases Spanish CSP Plants; Announces Conference Call Series Renewable Energy Access Technology for Life  
9
Desertec Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) Synergy Module    
9
Desertec Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation Energy and Capital    
8
  Super soaker inventor aims to cut solar costs in half Popular Mechanics Renew News, Discovery Channel  
8
  Energy Bill Troubles Solar Industry Forbes    
8
CSP After peak oil: Will America survive? World Change Cafe    
8
HVDC PGCIL to call bids for $1 bn transmission system in Feb India Times India Info Line  
7
CSP Dr. David Kearney, pioneer in U.S. solar power industry, joins SkyFuel Sky Fuel    
7
HVDC HVDC transmission for renewable energy Sindark.com    
7
HVDC Towards a world wide web of electricity P2P Foundation  
4
CSP-PROCESS Scientists use sunlight to make fuel from CO2 Wired IEEE Spectrum, Sandia National Laboratories, BitTech, In Pursuit of Happiness, Renewable Energy Access, Politics and Current Affairs  
3
CPV A concentrated power boost for solar energy MrGreen.biz  
3
CSP SolarReserve: salty solar thermal Earth2tech Inventorspot.com, The Motley Fool, After Gutenberg, BusinessGreen, CleanTech, Inhabitat, Technology News and Product Reviews  
2
HVDC Power across China The Engineer Online    
1
CSP A solar grand plan Scientific American Countercurrents.org, Earth2tech, Invisiblegreenhand, Tchgetting2zero, SmartPowerBlog, Climate Today, New Energy News, Scientific American podcast, Wicked Local, Whorled View, Fat Knowledge, GristMill  

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