The version 2018-05-14 of the CSP.guru dataset has been created by the following people:

  • Johan Lilliestam
  • Lana Laura Ollier
  • Mercè Labordena
  • Tim Tröndle
  • Richard Thonig

It contains the following attributes for each CSP plant:

Attribute Description
Power_station name of the CSP plant
Year_operational indicates the year of the first power output
Status distinguishes if a CSP plant is operational or under construction
Country country where the CSP plant is located
City nearest city or municipality to the CSP plant site
Lat latitude of the plant
Lon longitude of the plant
DNI_[kWh/m2/yr] direct normal irradiance (DNI) [kWh/m²/yr], indicates the solar resource
Construction_start indicates the year when construction started
Technology distinguishes CSP technologies: Trough, Tower, Hybrid, Fresnel
Capacity_[MW] nominal capacity of the turbine [MW]
Storage_capacity_[h] hours the turbine can run on full load using stored heat alone [hours]
Field_size_[m2] the mirror area [㎡]
Cooling cooling technology: dry, wet, or hybrid
Expected_generation_[GWh/yr] expected yearly power output [GWh/year]
Load_factor actual yearly generation divided by maximum possible yearly generation
Total_cost_[million_currency;non-deflated] construction cost in million local currency, non-deflated
Total_cost_[million_USD;non-deflated] construction cost converted to million US Dollar, non-deflated
Total_cost_[million_USD2017;deflated] construction cost in million US Dollar, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Specific_investment_cost_[USD2017/kW;deflated] investment cost per MW [2017 USD], deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Total_cost_[million_Euro;non-deflated] construction cost in million Euro, non-deflated
Total_cost_[million_Euro2017;deflated] construction cost in million Euro, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Specific_investment_cost_[Euro2017/kW;deflated] investment cost per kW [2017 Euro], deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Developer company that developed the project
EPC company responsible for engineering, procurement and construction of the CSP plant
HCE_manufacturer heat collecting element (HCE) manufacturer
SCA_manufacturer solar collector assemblies (SCA) manufacturer
Financed_through how the owner makes money from the generated electricity: power purchase agreement (PPA), feed-in tariff (FIT), spot market sales
Remuneration_[currency/kWh] indicates the level of FIT or PPA in [currency/kWh], local currency
Remuneration_[USD/kWh;non_deflated] indicates the level of FIT or PPA in [USD/kWh], non-deflated
Remuneration_[USD2017/kWh;deflated] indicates the level of FIT or PPA in [USD2017/kWh], deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Remuneration_[Euro/kWh;non_deflated] indicates the level of FIT or PPA in [Euro/kWh], non-deflated
Remuneration_[Euro2017/kWh;deflated] indicates the level of FIT or PPA in [Euro2017/kWh], deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
LCOE_5_25_[USD2017/kWh] levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital [USD2017/kWh] and a 25 year payback period, cap dependent O&M, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
LCOE_10_25_[USD2017/kWh] levelised cost of electricity with 10% weighted average cost of capital [USD2017/kWh] and a 25 year payback period, cap dependent O&M, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
LCOE_5_25_[Euro2017/kWh] levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital [Euro2017/kWh] and a 25 year payback period, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
LCOE_10_25_[Euro2017/kWh] levelised cost of electricity with 10% weighted average cost of capital [Euro2017/kWh] and a 25 year payback period, deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or constrution then deflated from 2017
Concessional_funding;other_support financial assistance to project developer: tax credits, soft loans, etc.
Owner owner of the CSP plant
PPA_or_support_duration_[yr] duration of PPA, FIT, etc. [years]
Sources indicates where the information on each plant was retrieved from, Lilliestam et al 2017: Nature energy; indicates the 2016-08-30 version of the CSP.guru dataset