Abengoa Solar Begins Operation of World’s Largest Solar Power Tower Plant
- Performance of power tower plant, PS20, exceeded design output during three-day production and operational testing period.
- New 20-megawatt solar power plant will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes.
PS20 is the world’s second power tower plant in commercial use. PS20 features a number of significant technological improvements with respect to PS10, the first commercial power tower. These enhancements, developed by Abengoa Solar, include a higher-efficiency receiver, various improvements in the control and operational systems, and a better thermal energy storage system. Plant construction was carried out by Abener.
With a power capacity of 20 megawatts, double that of PS10, the new PS20 solar power plant will produce enough clean energy to supply 10,000 homes, and will avoid the emission of approximately 12,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere that a conventional power plant would have produced.
PS20 consists of a solar field made up of 1,255 mirrored heliostats designed by Abengoa Solar. Each heliostat, with a surface area of 1,291 square feet, reflects the solar radiation it receives onto the receiver, located on the top of a 531 feet-high tower, producing steam which is converted into electricity generation by a turbine.
Abengoa Solar is focused on the development and application of technology for generating electricity using the power of the sun.
Abengoa is a technological company that applies innovative solutions for sustainability in the infrastructure, environment and energy sectors. The company is listed on the Spanish stock exchange and currently has a presence in more than 70 countries, where it operates through its five business groups: Solar, Bioenergy, Environmental Services, Information Technologies, and Industrial Construction and Engineering. (www.abengoa.com)
SOURCE Abengoa Solar