Sener has obtained the Ruban d’Honneur recognition from the European Business Awards with nine other companies in the Innovation category, thanks to its Gemasolar project.

This prize implies the entrance in the second phase of these prestigious awards, once being preselected to compete with other 24 Spanish companies (country representatives) in a first stage.

From the 110 companies – SENER among them – which have obtained the Ruban d’Honeur that identify them as finalists, only one in each category from the 11 existing will get the final prize. Winners will be released on November 22nd in Barcelona city (Spain).

In Gemasolar’s Project, promoted by Torresol Energy (a company owned by SENER in a 60%) located in Fuentes de Andalucía (Seville, south of Spain), SENER has developed the technological innovations and has lead the construction works, as well as the commissioning and start up.

Gemasolar is the first commercial plant in the world with central tower receiver technology and a molten salt heat storage system. This system allows to continue producing energy throughout 15 hours without sunlight; in other words, at night or during cloudy weather. Recently, Gemasolar has become the first plant in the world to supply electricity uninterruptedly to the network during 24 hours. This milestone confirms that solar electricity can be completely manageable according to demand no matter the solar irradiation.

The European Business Awards identifies some of Europe’s brightest businesses based on their ability to demonstrate the three core principles at the heart of the Awards program: innovation, business excellence and sustainability. The European Business Awards objective is to raise the visibility and progress of companies who excel in delivering innovation twinned with successful commercial results whilst acting responsibly and positively affecting the social environment they operate in.