Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies: Status and analysis


Concentrated solar power (CSP) technology is a promising renewable energy technology worldwide. However, many challenges facing this technology nowadays. These challenges are mentioned in this review study. For the first time, this work summarized and compared around 143 CSP projects worldwide in terms of status, capacity, concentrator technologies, land use factor, efficiency, country and many other factors. Further, the various challenges facing the spread-out of this system are highlighted in terms of the heat transfer fluids (HTF), various energy storage (ES) technologies, cooling techniques, water management, and the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). Also, various thermophysical properties of the HTF are compared within the applicable range of the CSP operation. At the end of the review, various hybridization technologies for the CSP with various renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic, wind, and geothermal, are highlighted and compared. The pioneering country in using CSP, leading concentrator technology, suitable ES technology, and efficient hybrid technique based on the LCOE are determined. The analyzed data in this study is essential for predicting the future of the CSP in the markets and its contribution to reducing global warming potential.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Urban Technology and the Environment (ASTUTE)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Advanced Materials
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concentrated solar power,Thermal energy storage,Levelized cost of electricity,Hybrid renewable energy systems,Heat transfer fluids,Energy(all),SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy,SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities,SDG 13 - Climate Action
Publication ISSN: 2666-2027
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2023 13:57
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-05
Published Online Date: 2023-03-28
Accepted Date: 2023-03-22
Authors: Al-alami, Abdul Hai
Olabi, Abdul Ghani
Mdallal, Ayman
Rezk, Ahmed (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1329-4146)
Radwan, Ali
Abdelkareem, Mohammad Ali



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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