Making news as far as Korea, and shopping for batteries
Personal Notes : I have had the occasion to touch upon the cooperation between Morocco and Korea in a post untitled What to expect of the Koreans. It is a very welcome development that this cooperation is now reaching out to the renewable energy field. Were talking batteries, we made the choice of CSP because it uses heat storage, heat storage is cheaper then electricity storage.
A move towards acquiring electrical storage capability i.e batteries, signals the will of Masen to move beyond CSP and explore other technologies, units that can be plugged directly to the grid. One such technology is American. SES Stirling SunCatcher units deliver the most efficient solution on the market right now. I covered it in length in this blog for several reasons, firstly because it can be rolled out in large numbers and in a very reasonable time, secondly each unit installed can be immediately plugged to the grid and starts delivering from day one, and lastly because it doesn't require water cooling, so we implement it in territories remote the sea, deep into the desert. But why is SES Stirling absent from the shortlist for the Ouarzazate solar project, when they claim to have the best technology ?
I think I have the answer to that, it is also I believe the most expensive. I know we like to live in a lean budget but its not an obstacle. Morocco should pursue such leading technologies, and incentives could be put on the table such as a participation in the project. Or SES Stirling passed upon the opportunity, in that case we will see how long it can afford to do so in the future if they want to truly go global.
At any rate, it is quite significant to see that the Moroccan Solar Initiative makes headlines as far as Korea. And looking forward to find out why Bakkoury wants batteries for, certainly not for CSP, maybe for this ? Yes, Concentrix CPV is a German variant of CPV, a technology in direct competition with that of SES Stirling and that has the same attributes as described above. The good news is that there's still time for SES Stirling to compete on the Moroccan market, as Morocco seeks to diversify its solar technologies array as well as expertise.Its the next phase of evolution for the Moroccan Solar Initiative.
Chartering through the renewable energy sector has become a necessity for many countries.
For Morocco, it is a matter of survival and one that might be beneficial to the country’s development.
Like Korea, Morocco imports most of its energy and when the price of crude oil breaks records, the economy of Morocco suffers a tremendous blow.
“This is a great challenge for us,” said Mustapha Bakkoury, president of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.
“Our objective is to double our necessary capacity,” he said. “This is for our future economic development and it has to be based on respecting environmental standards as well.”
|President of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy Mustapha Bakkoury. (Yoav Cerralbo/The Korea Herald)|