Long distance electric transmission of solar thermal power generation for a sustainable development in the mediterranean region

F. Suraci, T. Giovanni

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Southern Mediterranean countries, with almost 40% of land with direct insolation above 2350 kWh/m2 year, present a greater potential for solar thermal power plants than European countries. For sites with very good solar availability a 300 MWe hybrid plant of the SEGS(Solar Electric Generating System) type can be competitive, ISCCS (Integrated Solar Combined Cycles Systems) plants can also be a good option. One of the main limiting factor is that this potential area is far from European high energy demand centres. In this paper a preliminary study on bulk electrical transmission (up to 2GW) of solar thermal power from Northern African countries to Europe is carried out. The goal is to define a magnitude order for the cost of energy exported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal De Physique. IV : JP
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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