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Solar-thermal technology has progressed nearly to the point or readiness for use on a large scale. However, the rate of introduction of solar energy is limited because of the current low cost and abundance of fossil fuels. The European industry is well positioned to assume a world leadership role in the expansion of the relevant technology. Realizing this objective requires a coordinated strategy including technology suppliers and users to:
support research, development and demonstration to improve technology and reduce costs;
develop markets in the sun belt countries for export of European solar-thermal plants and transfer of European technology via cooperative projects;
develop economies of scale in manufacturing solar-thermal plants to build a competitive supplier industry.

Current solar-thermal power plants of between 80 MW and 100 MW capacity can be supplied for about 2250 ECU per kW. More advanced plants, currently under development, combined with large scale manufacturing, are expected to halve these costs and to be fully competitive with fossil fuels by 2010. The long term objectives are to give Europe a solar option that could be expanded on a large scale and consequently reduce the rate of depletion of fossil fuels. els.

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Authors: SPIEWAK I, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17276 EN (1996) 19pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199710086 / Last updated on: 1997-02-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en