Technical-Financial Comparison between a PV Plant and a CSP Plant

Revista Eletrônica Sistemas & Gestão, v. 6, n. 2, pp 210-220, 2011

11 Pages Posted: 3 May 2012 Last revised: 11 May 2012

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

The paper deals with the economic-financial aspects of two typologies of solar energy sources: PhotoVoltaic (PV) plant and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant. The aim of the paper is to analyze the initial costs, the maintenance costs and benefits deriving from both the government economic incentives and the selling of energy between a 40 MWp PV plant and a 40 MW CSP plant. Even if the two plants under test have the same rated power, it results that the produced energy, under the same environmental conditions, is different. This technical aspect influences the business plan, because the government incentives, as well as the selling of energy, are directly related to the produced energy. Finally, initial costs as well as maintenance costs are also different because of the different constitutive components and the operation principle.

Keywords: Concentrating solar power plant, Photovoltaic, Renewable energy sources

Suggested Citation

Vergura, Silvano and Lameira, Valdir, Technical-Financial Comparison between a PV Plant and a CSP Plant (November 1, 2011). Revista Eletrônica Sistemas & Gestão, v. 6, n. 2, pp 210-220, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2050351 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2050351

Silvano Vergura

Politecnico di Bari ( email )

Bari, 70123
Italy

Valdir Lameira (Contact Author)

INESC Coimbra ( email )

Rua Antero de Quental, 199, Coimbra
Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-033
Portugal

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