Why Likana’s 24-Hour Solar Bid under $34/MWh Lost in Chile

At the annual SolarPACES Conference (held virtually for the second year) Cerro Dominador’s CEO Fernando Gonzalez answered questions from the international network of concentrated solar power (CSP) researchers and developers attending about exactly what happened in the recent Chilean energy auctions with the record-low bid for CSP at under $34/MWh. [...]

Chile’s record Concentrated Solar Power bid shows jumps in industry savings

Design improvements and greater EPC competition allowed EIG to slice costs for its second Concentrated Solar Power project in Chile and more favourable auction terms could cement a much-needed pipeline of projects. Heliostats are seen during the inauguration of the Cerro Dominador thermal solar power plant, in Maria Elena, [...]

Have Heliostat Cost Cuts Helped Likana Bid Concentrated Solar Power Under 4 Cents?

Cerro Dominador, a subsidiary of EIG Partners, has just bid the 450 MW Likana tower CSP plant it procured from SolarReserve several years ago at under 4 cents/kWh. Was the record low bid enabled by cost reduction in tower CSP heliostat solar fields? To learn the current status of heliostat [...]

World record low bid of 39,99/MWh for Concentrated Solar Power in Chile’s auction

The renewable energy auction held this week by the Chilean National Energy Commission (CNE) has not only seen the lowest bid ever recorded for a large scale PV project in Latin America – $0.01332/kWh – but has also delivered a bid of $0.0399/kWh for a concentrated solar power (CSP) project, [...]

Cerro Dominador solar thermal plant inaugurated in Chile

The concentrated solar power plant, built by a consortium formed by Abengoa and Acciona for EIG Global Energy Partners, has a capacity of 110 MW and is the first of its kind built in Latin America. Yesterday, June 8, the Cerro Dominador solar thermal plant was officially inaugurated. It has [...]

EIG-Owned Cerro Dominador Inaugurates Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant in Chile

First CSP Plant in Latin America to Provide 100% Renewable Energy on 24-Hour Basis. Facility to Supply Chilean National Electrical System with Flexible, Reliable and Safe Energy. EIG, a leading institutional investor to the global energy sector and one of the world’s leading infrastructure investors, today announced the inauguration of [...]

Chile Considers Converting 30 Coal Plants into “Carnot” Batteries

By 2050 Chile plans to be carbon neutral. A crucial part of that goal is the decarbonisation of its energy mix. To do this, all coal-fired power plants will stop operating by 2040. IMAGE@Wikiwand A very simplified schematic of the essential idea of a “Carnot” Battery To deliver maximum benefit, two additional [...]

Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant inks power contract with Santiago municipality

The 110-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant Cerro Dominador, located in Chile’s Atacama desert, will supply its electricity to a municipal civic centre in Greater Santiago. The Cerro Dominador company announced on Monday it had been awarded a contract in a tender process by the municipality of Lo Barnechea to [...]

Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Cerro Dominador Solar Power Plant (Spanish: Planta Solar Cerro Dominador) is a 210-megawatt (MW) combined concentrated solar power and photovoltaic plant[2] located in the commune of María Elena[3] in the Antofagasta Region of Chile, about 24 kilometres (15 mi) west-northwest of Sierra Gorda. The project was approved by the Chilean government [...]

Chile’s Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant synced with the grid

The 110-MW Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Chile has been successfully synchronised with the Chilean SEN grid system. The solar thermal plant will inject electricity into the grid in stages over the coming months. “Synchronization kicks off first phase. We then move on to the second [...]

Cerro Dominador Concentrated Solar Power plant advances in tests of pumping molten salts towards the receiver

The Cerro Dominador project has successfully carried out the molten salt pumping tests towards the receiver, being one of the latest milestones of this project that prepares its interconnection to the National Electric System, since it is the prelude to the synchronization of the plant, where the molten salt storage [...]

Hybrid Concentrated Solar Power – PV offers lowest cost for Chile

A hybrid Concentrated Solar Power-PV plant with 13 hours of storage is the lowest cost power generation option for low-carbon baseload power in Chile, researchers at the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation said in a new report. The researchers studied four hybrid plant concepts and found that a combined CSP solar [...]

Hybrid PV – Concentrated Solar Power has a lower LCOE than gas in Chile

Researchers from the Center for Solar Energy Technologies of Fraunhofer Chile have conducted a comparative analysis which shows that the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE ) in Chile can be achieved by a combination of large scale PV and concentrated solar power (CSP). The Cerro Dominador PV-CSP project [...]

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