Spring in Denmark not only means longer and brighter days but also the beginning of the first “harvest season” for a globally-unique solar energy system. The 26,929m2 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant now provides the city of Brønderslev with sustainable heating, but it will also enable power production as an add-on to a biomass-fuelled organic rankine cycle (ORC) system scheduled for completion in the second half of 2017.
A concentrated solar power system with trough collectors will supply 50 MW of an Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) Power plant’s total capacity of 550 MW. The ISCC is located on the Arabian Peninsula and will use the “Ultimate Trough Collector” series produced by the Germany-based company Flabeg FE GmbH.
Engineers have developed a new system, which might be able to store heat at very high temperatures similar to the way that batteries store electrical energy. This thermochemical storage system might revolutionise energy storage for concentrated solar power plants.
In the northwest of China, in the province of Qinghai, the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant is to be built. The solar thermal power project Delingha will cover about 25 km² and consist of six CSP towers with a capacity of 135 MW each.
After Abengoa won the first tender for a CSP plant in Chile in January 2014, the Spanish company now builds a 110 MW tower plant, which uses molten salt as working fluid and for energy storage. The price offered by Abengoa was the second highest of all the awarded offers: 114.82 US$/MWh.
The solar mirror manufacturer Flabeg FE GmbH delivered more than 530,000 annealed RP3 mirrors for the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project (IPP) in Ouarzazate, Morocco.