The Kathu and Bokpoort solar thermal plants located in the province of North Cape (South Africa), to which SENER contributes essential technologies such as the SENERtrough® parabolic trough collectors and the molten salt thermal storage system, have been awarded the “Deal Of the year” and “Large Scale Renewable Energy Project”, respectively, at the African Utility Week Industry Awards.
“We take great pride in receiving this recognition. These awards attest SENER’s capabilities in developing projects in South Africa as is evidenced through the Kathu Solar Park or the Bokpoort plant” Siyabonga Mbanjwa, SENER Country Manager in South Africa noted during the awards ceremony.
The NOORo solar complex, where SENER is part of the construction consortium, has been a finalist in the “Large Scale Renewable Energy Project” category at the ceremony held on May 17 at the South African International Convention Center. African Utility Week Award is an annual meeting that celebrates its 17th edition in 2017 and is devoted to the African area of energy and water where sector professionals, customers and suppliers gather, SENER reports.
Kathu and Bokpoort solar thermal plants
Kathu Solar Park is a 100 MWe concentration solar power plant equipped with SENER technology in both the SENERtrough®-2 parabolic trough collectors and in the molten salt thermal storage system, which allows the plant to deliver 4.5 hours of thermal energy, and thereby expand its operational capacity after sunset. Kathu will produce enough energy to meet the electricity demand of 150,000 households.
Meanwhile, the 50 MWe Bokpoort solar thermal plant, with SENERtrough® parabolic trough collector technology and molten salt storage, with a 9.3 hours of power supply, last year set the 24-hour continuous electricity supply record during a continuous period of 161 hours, which is equivalent to almost six days.
SENER’s third solar thermoelectric project in South Africa, the Ilanga-1 power plant (100 MWe), is currently under construction. In total, SENER has participated in 29 solar thermal plants, most of which were built on the turnkey basis in Spain, the USA, South Africa and Morocco, which account for more than 2,000 MWe of installed capacity and a saving of more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year. These facts confirm the company as a leader in thermoelectric solar energy, both for the number of projects pipeline as for its own technological solutions.
Some of its references are true technological milestones, such as Gemasolar and Valle 1 & Valle 2 in Spain, or the NOORo complex in Morocco, where SENER is also part of the construction consortium both in NOORo 1 as in the second phase (NOORo II and NOORo III) awarded last year, the company points-out in a statement.