Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Integrating Solar and Wind Energy: Preprint

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As wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) increase in penetration it is increasingly important to examine enabling technologies that can help integrate these resources at large scale. Concentrating solar power (CSP) when deployed with thermal energy storage (TES) can provide multiple services that can help integrate variable generation (VG) resources such as wind and PV. CSP with TES can provide firm, highly flexible capacity, reducing minimum generation constraints which limit penetration and results in curtailment. By acting as an enabling technology, CSP can complement PV and wind, substantially increasing their penetration in locations with adequate solar resource.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2015
Event4th Solar Integration Workshop - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 11 Nov 201413 Nov 2014


Conference4th Solar Integration Workshop
CityBerlin, Germany

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-62791


  • concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • grid flexibility
  • solar
  • thermal energy storage


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