Chile

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 [...]

Cerro Dominador Eyes on More Concentrated Solar Power projects in Chile

Chile has abundant solar resources. The Cerro Dominador project currently under construction is the first commercial CSP station in South America. The power station has an installed capacity of 110MW, with molten salt tower technology and a heat storage system, and can realize 24-hour uninterrupted power generation. The global [...]

Concentrated Solar Power will reach 20% of the energy matrix in Chile by 2050

This was stated by the Minister of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet, who also said that by 2030 renewable energies will make up 70% of the energy matrix in Chile. The statements were in the framework of a virtual conference organized by the Cerro Dominador firm, which manages the construction of [...]

Rioglass Solar Supplied Mirrors to Chile’s First Concentrated Solar Power Plant

The company Cerro Dominador, a Chilean company owned by investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG), has successfully developed and commenced the commercial operation of the first CSP plant in Latin America. The Spanish consortium Acciona-Abengoa was responsible of for the turnkey construction (EPC) of the plant. The [...]

Chile’s Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power signs PPA with power distributor Saesa

The contract with Saesa will have a duration of eight years, began to operate on August 1, 2020 and will run until December 31, 2028. This is for up to 600 GWh/year, equivalent to 60% of the capacity of one of the concentrated solar power towers. One of the most [...]