Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Yongyuth Wichaidit has pressed the start button of the first concentrated solar thermal power plant in his country, Wirsol/Independence reports.
The solar thermal parabolic trough power plant is located in the province of Kanchanaburi Huaykrachao and is has a power capacity of 5 megawatts.
While this is the first, it won’t be alone for long. Thailand has plans to build 14 more solar power plants in this province.
“The power plant TSE 1 is the first in the world that operates on the basis of the direct evaporation of water / steam. The technique is considered to be particularly efficient.”
Thailand has a feed-in tariff (FiT) in place that supports solar power. The FiT is for small solar energy with a capacity up to 10 megawatts.