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Estimating the Capacity Value of Concentrating Solar Power Plants: A Case Study of the Southwestern United States

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3 Author(s)
Seyed Hossein Madaeni ; Integrated Systems Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA ; Ramteen Sioshansi ; Paul Denholm

We estimate the capacity value of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants without thermal energy storage in the southwestern U.S. Our results show that CSP plants have capacity values that are between 45% and 95% of maximum capacity, depending on their location and configuration. We also examine the sensitivity of the capacity value of CSP to a number of factors and show that capacity factor-based methods can provide reasonable approximations of reliability-based estimates.

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IEEE Transactions on Power Systems  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )