ABENGOA - Abengoa operates a concentrated solar power tower plant for 24 consecutive in South African
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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:17
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Spanish group Abengoa SA (BME:ABG) together with the IDC and Khi Community Trust, has successfully completed 24 consecutive hours of commercial operation, solely powered by solar energy in its Khi Solar One plant.

The Khi Solar One plant is the first thermal solar tower plant in Africa that produces 50 MW with two hours of storage capacity after sunset, allowing it to supply clean energy to about 45,000 South African households and reduces 183,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The system accumulates steam at high temperatures and pressure, and allows for the generation of electricity after sunset. Abengoa says that this is the first thermal solar tower plant in Africa and the first tower plant to achieve 24 hours of operation with solar energy only.

The Khi Solar One park is owned by Abengoa, South Africa-based development finance group Industrial Development Corp (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust. It reached commercial operation on February 2, 2016 and is estimated to produce enough power annually to meet the needs of some 45,000 South African homes.

Abengoa and IDC are currently working on another CSP project in the country, together with the Public Investment Corp (PIC) and KaXu Community Trust. The 100-MW Xina Solar One project will use parabolic trough technology and will have five hours of storage capacity after sunset.

Source: http://www.evwind.es/2016/03/30/abengoa-operates-a-concentrated-solar-power-tower-plant-for-24-consecutive-hours/55757