After taking home the Indiasol prize in October, Aalborg CSP has now received the CSP Today International Award, the most highly ranked in the concentrated solar power (CSP) industry.
The CSP Today International Awards are granted to companies that excel in the industry and truly deserve an award for their great efforts on getting CSP further down the competitive route. A panel of judges comprising of independent industry experts ranks the nominees to select one winner in each category. This year the jury consisted of: Luis Crespo, President of ESTELA, Eduardo Zarza, Head of Solar Concentrating Systems at CIEMAT, Manuel Blanco, Solar Thermal Group Leader at CSIRO and Féliz Téllez, researcher at CIEMAT. Aalborg CSP was announced as winner within the CSP Technology Innovation category in recognition of the company’s technology optimization efforts.
“Aalborg CSP is devoted to making CSP the preferred renewable energy source and this prestigious award once again confirms that we are on the right track with our technology development efforts. We will continue designing systems that excel in operation, increase plant revenue and improve levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of CSP plants” – said Svante Bundgaard, CEO of Aalborg CSP.
SGS3: optimized steam generator design for CSP power plants
When the largest MWe capacity was added in Spain, Aalborg CSP earned a position at the forefront of steam generator design development. The technology has continuously been improved based on emerging market expectations. As a result, the third, optimized edition of Aalborg CSP’s solar steam generators, the SGS3 technology does not only meet general plant specifications but ensures increased performance and higher availability while lowering CAPEX and O&M costs.
Aalborg CSP’s steam systems are developed based on traditional boiler principles (ASME and EN standard), not as ordinary heat exchangers (TEMA standard). Therefore they are 100% welded header and coil type with up to 4.5mm thick tubes. The SGS3 technology eliminates leakages, avoiding unnecessary maintenance and system downtime. It ensures a rapid ramp-up of 9 °C/min, resulting in 30 minutes extra operation on a normal 9 hour day and increasing plant revenue accordingly. Furthermore, it guarantees a low pressure drop of 1-2 bar on the heat transfer fluid (HTF) side and reduces parasitic losses as a result. These main design elements together reduce levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of CSP plants by at least 5%, but in some cases up to 10%.
The CSP Today International Award was announced as part of the CSP Today Awards Ceremony 2014 held on 12 November in Sevilla, where Aalborg CSP participated as global exhibitor, speaker and event moderator.
Aalborg CSP A/S is a world leader in CSP boiler systems and technologies.
Our globally recognised solutions are based on 25 years of experience with traditional steam boilers uniquely adapted to the CSP industry. We design and deliver steam generation systems, molten salt and steam tower receivers, industrial solar boilers and integrated CSP energy systems that combine heat and electricity production as well as water desalination. Aalborg CSP has supplied to CSP Plants contributing to more than 330MWe worldwide.
Our engineering design is centred on a value-adding concept to perform beyond standard specifications. The Aalborg CSP solutions aim to provide high bankability potential as a benefit of excellent and reliable performance. Our world-class project management expertise ensures delivery reliable on quality, budget and deadline commitments.
Headquartered in Aalborg (Denmark) and with sales & service offices in Spain, US, Kenya, Uganda and Indonesia, Aalborg CSP has realised cost effective thermal energy solutions to a variety of industries worldwide.