NRG together with Google, BrightSource Energy and other investors, has built one of the largest solar thermal power projects in the world, the Ivanpah power plant. However, when it started operating in 2014, mechanical problems prevented it from fulfilling its contractual obligations. A stumbling block that seems to be already solved.
Two CSP projects were presented at COP22 in Marrakech, as part of the European Energy Day, as examples of sustainable energy initiatives. The European Union finances MinWaterCSP and WASCOP, which seek to minimize water loss, with approximately 12 million euro.
According to the latest data by Protermosolar, solar thermal power in Spain generated about 4% of the electricity in our country during the summer months. Specifically, in June, the production of solar thermal power supplied 4.4% of the energy consumed.
A team of researchers at the Solar Energy Institute (IES-UPM) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) is developing a new system that allows storing energy in molten silicon, the most abundant element in the earth’s crust. The finding paves the way for a new generation of low cost solar thermal power plants.
Total installation costs (engineering, procurement and construction) of solar thermal plants can fall between 33% and 37% by 2025, depending on whether the technology concerned is parabolic trough or tower, according to the latest study by IRENA.
A milestone for the renewable industry. The Bokpoort solar thermal plant in South Africa, built by the engineering and technology group SENER, ACCIONA and TSK provides 161 hours, almost six days of continuous electricity at full capacity, a record in Africa.
Located in the town of Kathu in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, this solar thermal project is part of the national energy plan IRP 2010 (Integrated Resource Program), which envisages an increase in the generation capacity of the country to reach 86.8 GW in 2030, of which 24% would be renewable.
Millennium Energy Systems and the company H2O Renovables, two leading companies in renewable energy solutions, have joined their technologies to provide the industry with clean, affordable energy for their production processes 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Khi Solar One is the world´s first solar thermal plant with superheated steam tower technology and a capacity of 50 MW, which allows supplying clean energy to approximately 45,000 South African households. Built and developed by Abengoa, it has managed to build up enough steam to supply electricity to the population for 24 hours consecutively.