IEA STE Technology Roadmap
The future energy generation mix will be largely based in renewable technologies in order to achieve the ultimate goal of zero emissions. Thanks to its distinct characteristics: dispachability, storage and hybridisation potential which result in high capacity factors and firm electricity supply comparing to other intermittent renewable technologies, Solar Thermal Electricity will have an important share in the mix by 2030 and beyond.
According to the IEA publication “Solar Energy Perspectives”, the expected production of STE in 2030 will be around 1,200 TWh/year.
Regarding southern Europe and our neighbouring countries in the MENA region, Solar Thermal Electricity is expected to take the major share in the long future as shown in the figure where a contribution over 2,000 TWh/year by 2050 in expected.