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Studies on Solar Thermal Power Generation.

Solar thermal power plants are forecast to undergo a real boom in the coming years and decades. The sunny regions worldwide provide an almost inexhaustible space potential . Experts have long been in agreement that solar thermal technology will enable the replacement of conventional, fossil fuelled, or nuclear power plants in the long term. Recent studies by Greenpeace and A.T. Kearney confirm the increasing competitiveness.

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has produced several studies documenting its forecasts for the growth of solar thermal power plants. In its Mediterranean Study the DLR predicts strong growth for solar thermal power plants in the Mediterranean area. According to this study, solar thermal power plants in the Mediterranean region will be generating twice as much electricity by 2050 as wind, photovoltaic, biomass, and geothermal power combined. In its Solar Power Association Study, the DLR advocates electricity imports from North Africa to Central Europe via high voltage direct current which enables the transporting of electricity over large distances with only minimal transportation losses. By 2050 about 15% of Europe's electricity demand could be met through the import of solar energy from North Africa and the Middle East.

The Swiss private banking institution Sarasin analyzes the market for photovoltaic, solar heat, and solar thermal power plants annually in its Solar Studies. The studies focus on short time periods only and predict strong short term growth in installed solar thermal power plant capacity.

The Climate Protection Study from the German Physical Society places particular emphasis on the reduction of CO2 emissions through the construction of solar thermal power plants and importing electricity from the Mediterranean region to Central Europe.