Schott Solar CSP: contract for receivers for Middle East, USA

German concentrated solar power (CSP) company Schott Solar CSP GmbH has signed contracts for the delivery of more than 65,000 solar receivers in the Middle East and the USA.
The contracts are in addi…

German concentrated solar power (CSP) company Schott Solar CSP GmbH has signed contracts for the delivery of more than 65,000 solar receivers in the Middle East and the USA. The contracts are in addition to the recently booked largest single order for 80,000 receivers for projects in eastern Europe, the company“s parent, solar cell manufacturer Schott Solar GmbH, a unit of glass products maker Schott AG, said 7 October 2008. Schott Solar CSP has strengthened its presence on three international markets with good prospects for growth, said Martin Heming, head of the solar business at Schott. The Middle East region is exposed to almost twice as much solar radiation as Germany while its energy mix is still largely dominated by fossil fuels, Schott Solar said. In the USA, the recently approved eight-year extension of the investment tax credit for solar energy is expected to boost Schott Solar“s CSP business. The country offers areas that are highly suitable for solar thermal power stations. The facilities in the Californian Mojave Desert, in operation since the beginning of the 1980s, have shown that constant and predictable earnings can be made on the basis of parabolic troughs. Two other projects in the USA, for one of which Schott Solar will supply receivers, show that the parabolic trough technology is enjoying a revival, the company added.