Gemasolar will be the main project presented by Torresol Energy in Solar Power International 2011
Torresol Energy will participate in the international conference Solar Power International 2011, organized in Dallas, Texas. Torresol Energy’s US management team will be present at this international show, the biggest of North America in solar energy, to introduce its future projects to the American market.
At the booth of Torresol Energy, the company will explain some of the technological solutions applied at the Gemasolar plant, the first power plant to apply the thermal storage system in a configuration with a central tower and an array of heliostats, an efficient system that improves the dispatchability of electric power from renewable sources. Since the start of commercial operation, the plant has become a benchmark in the concentrated solar power (CSP) sector.
Gemasolar is a high temperature solar plant, that can reach operating temperatures of over 500°C, much higher than plants with parabolic trough technology, as it does not require oil, but rather directly uses the salt as a transfer fluid. Meanwhile, its storage capacity allows the plant to stretch its electrical production 15 hours to beyond sunset, regardless of the cloud cover. Therefore, in the first months of commercial operation, this 19.9 MW nameplate power plant reached peak production levels of over 350 MWh in 24-hour period of uninterrupted operation. It is expected that Gemasolar will produce a net total of over 110,000 GWhe per year by operating for a total of 6,450 hours a year at full capacity, being able to supply electricity to a population of 27,500 households in the South of Spain and saving more than 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
Along with this innovative project, Torresol Energy is also developing two other projects, the Valle 1 and Valle 2 plants – currently under construction in Cadiz (Spain) – that will employ parabolic trough technology and have a power generation capacity of 50MW each. Each plant will have the capability to generate 170 GWh/year by operating 3,950 hours of electricity a year – equivalent to the average consumption of 40,000 households, or in other words, the entire city of Cadiz. The two plants will together help avoid the emission of 90,000 tons of CO2 a year. Both plants will start operations on December 2011.
These plants’ cutting-edge equipment has been developed by SENER. SENER continues to lead the market of CSP technology, both with its own developments via Torresol Energy and with technology applied in plants for other customers. Currently, SENER is the leader in the development of technology for thermosolar plants and in engineering, construction and commissioning services for these projects. Its portfolio of projects for different customers already includes more than 20 thermosolar plants. Torresol Energy’s CSP plants include all the improvements that SENER professionals have been incorporating into the other CSP projects it has worked on.