Tag Archives: CSP

Things I was wrong about

The delay in my posting is sufficient enough that there isn’t even much to say about it. However, this period of time has further established certain trends which to observers more savvy than I were obvious years ago, and an update to the perspectives in my previous posts is sorely needed. We who observe and […]

Very high levels of renewable electricity: Geography and diversity in cat-skinning methods

The last three posts on this blog have all dealt with the feasibility of reaching very high levels (80% or more) renewable energy in our electricity grids. Specifically, these posts were responses to articles dismissing the possibility doing this quickly, whose arguments I did not feel were well supported by facts and existing research. I […]

Flawed arguments: A critique of “Upper Limit to Variable Renewable Energy”

My readers will pardon that I am, for the third time in a row, writing a piece inspired by a post by David Roberts of Vox. Unlike most of the media David Roberts is writing intelligent articles about what I consider to be the most critical issue of our time, the global transition to renewable […]

Exposé of Shams 1 CSP plant

A beacon in the desert: The Shams 1 Solar Energy Center Yesterday Solar Server published my full article on the Shams 1 CSP plant, the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant and the first of its kind in the Middle East. While this article took longer than I would have liked to complete and […]

I’ve seen the future and it looks like Masdar

My apologies to my readers that EnergyMediaSociety has been slow this last month. I’ve been swamped, among other things, with a trip to Abu Dhabi as the guest of Masdar for the inauguration of the Shams 1 CSP plant – which was amazing. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about Shams 1. […]

Stunning photos of Ivanpah SEGS

Stunning photos of Ivanpah SEGS Photographer Jamey Stillings has produced some really stunning photos of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Systems, which when complete will be the world´s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) project. For those of you not familiar with CSP (also called solar thermal electric), it is a solar technology based on concentrating […]