20 May EU strategy for solar energy
On 18 May 2022 the European Commission has published the RePowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The plan aims to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition. As one of the boosters for the renewable energy, Commission have published the EU solar strategy, the document ESTELA together with CIEMAT, DCSP, TSK FLAGSOL and PROTERMOSOLAR, as well as other industry and R&I stakeholders tried shape to be more CSP inclusive.
Our common efforts resulted in CSP technology being acknowledged as balancing force for the energy system, and the necessary milestone to reduce dependence of fossil fuels. The cost of any dispatchable renewable energy source is more competitive than natural gas, being CSP the technology with larger potential to grow and reduce cost even further as the market size increases. CSP can also decarbonise the industrial sector due to the ability to deliver solar heat for industrial processes in the range 100 – 500°C.