The German Aerospace Center has announced that the first solar power tower concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in North Africa will be built in Boughezoul, Algeria, though a collaboration between Algeria and Germany.
The hybrid plant will incorporate both CSP and natural gas generation, including 7 MW of solar power, and will be able to function on solar power alone. DLR will supply technology that it has developed for the project, which will serve primarily as a pilot and research facility.
"We are delighted to be able to further develop relations between Algeria and Germany in respect of environmental technologies and renewable energies through this project," stated the German ambassador to Algeria, Götz Lingenthal.
Ambassador Lingenthal signed a declaration of intent to promote and support the project at the EnviroAlgérie trade fair in Oran, Algeria.
The power plant will be constructed in Boughezoul, on the northern edge of the Sahara desert, and will serve primarily as a pilot and research facility. It will be able to operate using just solar energy or as a hybrid power plant fuelled by a combination of solar power and gas.
This combination enables this country, one that holds exceptionally large gas reserves, to manage a relatively smooth and inexpensive transition from fossil fuel to solar power generation with an assured continuity of supply.
"We are delighted to be able to further develop relations between Algeria and Germany in respect of environmental technologies and renewable energies through this project," stated the German ambassador to Algeria, Götz Lingenthal, who signed a declaration of intent to promote and support this venture at the EnviroAlgérie trade fair in Oran. Algeria wishes to contribute the necessary funding to implement this project. The BMU intends to contribute up to seven million euro towards the construction of the power plant and a renewables test centre.
The German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research will collaborate on the project. BMU will contribute up to EUR 7 million (USD 9 million) towards the construction of the plant and a renewable energy test center.
The project will use a high-temperature receiver which can operate at temperatures up to 700 degrees Centigrade, designed and tested by DLR. The receiver is currently in use at the Jülich CSP plant in Jülich, Germany, which is owned by DLR.