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South America’s first concentrated solar power plant

In the middle of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the first solar thermal power plant in Latin America emerges from the ground. A 250-metre high tower surrounded by thousands of giant mirrors, the power plant allows continuous electricity production, unlike conventional renewable energy forms. The project named Cerro [...]

Engie completes its first Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant

Engie has started commercial operation at its 100 MW Kathu Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in South Africa, the French group's first CSP plant, the company announced February 6. The 12 billion-rand ($875 million) Kathu plant incorporates parabolic trough technology with 4.5 hours of molten salt thermal energy storage. Engie [...]

Morocco’s Noor Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power plant could power over one million homes- CNN

Morocco’s Noor Ouarzazate plant, the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world, could power more than one million homes, CNN said in a focus on the Kingdom’s renewable energy projects. “Built on an area of more than 3,000 hectares – the size of 3,500 football fields – The Noor [...]

Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant (South Africa) constructed by Acciona and SENER came into commercial on 30 January

With an installed capacity of 100 MW, it will allow clean energy to be supplied to 179,000 homes in the Northern Cape region (northern South Africa) and prevent the emission of six million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years. The plant incorporates SENERTrough®-2 parabolic [...]

Chinese firm helps build world’s largest concentrated solar power complex in Morocco’s desert

In the early morning of January, as the snow covering the Atlas Mountains in central Morocco remains unmelted, the Chinese staff of the NOOR Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, a city south of the mountain range, have already started a day's work despite the freezing temperature. Photo taken [...]

China billions of Concentrated Solar Power market is open for global CSP players

In the past year of 2018, China completed a total capacity of 215 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) projects, almost 7 times of the 30 MW capacity made before 2018. China has become the No.5 country owning the biggest CSP capacity, and the most popular emerging CSP market with Morocco [...]

Cerro Dominador, the first Concentrated Solar Power plant in Chile

Cerro Dominador project is a 210MW hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) power complex under construction on a 1,000ha-site, approximately 60km away from Calama at Maria Elena in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Construction on the $1.4bn project, which consists of a 100MW PV plant and 110MW CSP [...]

Morocco hybrid Concentrated Solar Power – PV project seen as ‘game changer’ for costs

Technology coupling gains and a favorable development framework could see prices for Morocco’s pioneering Noor Midelt hybrid projects trend towards the lowest global CSP tariffs, experts told the CSP Madrid 2018 conference. Now entering the final stages of tendering, Morocco's Noor Midelt hybrid CSP-PV project is expected to set a [...]

The 100 MW Kathu concentrated solar power plant with molten salt storage system accomplished first synchronization

SENER and ACCIONA Industrial have reached a critical milestone in the construction project of Kathu Solar Park. Namely, the successful synchronization was achieved on 18 November, electric power was generated and transferred on the National grid complying with all expected parameters to ensure the supply of power starts and [...]

Noor Ouarzazate III central receiver concentrated solar power plant with storage completes its reliability test

The consortium formed by SENER and SEPCO III has completed the reliability test for the 150-MW Noor Ouarzazate III concentrated solar power plant. It is one more step in the start-up of the facility, which is nearing commercial operation and final delivery to the client. With this reliability test, [...]

The impact of concentrated solar power in electric power systems in Chile

This paper presents a study about the impacts of the integration of concentrated solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) in electric power systems. The main tool for this study is a comprehensive long-term power system capacity expansion planning model that integrates a specific module to represent the operation [...]

Morocco Noor III Concentrated Solar Power tower plant nears completion

Spain's Sener has completed the first synchronisation to grid of ACWA Power's 150 MW Noor Ouarzazate III (Noor III) central tower plant in Morocco and will soon start final tests before commissioning, Sener announced September 26. The Noor III plant is equipped with 7.5 hours of molten salt storage capacity [...]

The 150 MW Noor Ouarzazate III concentrated solar tower power plant with storage system accomplished the first synchronization

SENER is about to start the final tests at Noor Ouarzazate III, after completing, last August, the first synchronization of the 150 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant to the Moroccan grid. With these milestones, SENER starts the last phase before the plant’s commercial operation and final delivery to [...]