Andalusia is the Spanish region "with the greatest and best renewable resource", with 43% of the solar thermal megawatts (MW) installed in Spain; the first autonomous community in solar thermal power, surpassing the million square meters of solar collection surface; It has more than 1,000 photovoltaic MW in operation and [...]
The specialist for process heat and heat transfer, heat 11 from Bielefeld, Germany, has taken into operation three heaters in Andalusia (Spain) for the 50 megawatt (MW) parabolic trough concentrating solar power (CSP).
The project aims to build infrastructure for research and development of technologies that produce CSP energy, in the present case for those of the parabolic trough type.
The concentrating solar power plant will produce 100,000 MWh of electricity per year, meeting the needs of 26,000 people.
Andalusia has been launched in the last year 517 MW of concentrated solar thermal power, for a total of 847.7 MW installed.
Abengoa is developing new concentrating solar thermal power technologies that are more efficient and cost effective, that can be integrated in its own projects.
A unique concentrating solar thermal power plant in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: solar energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night.
Over at The Independent, Alasdair Fotheringham has written a lovely article on Andasol, the world’s largest concentrating solar thermal power plant.
The solar thermal power plant Andasol 3 in Andalusia, southern Spain, for the first time produced solar generated steam during a test phase in which the rows of parabolic mirrors were aligned with the sun.
German energy company RWE announced that steam generated by the heat of the sun was used to produce energy for the first time at the Andasol 3 solar thermal power plant in southern Spain.