9 May, 2014

SENER Award Winning UPC Students Visit Gemasolar

A group of students from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), in Spain, who recently were winners in the latest edition of the SENER Awards, has visited Gemasolar, the innovative plant owned by Torresol Energy and developed by SENER engineering and technology group, who is also part owner through its subsidiary Torresol Energy.

For the first time, this visit forms a part of the SENER Award that is annually conferred upon the best project designed by Industrial Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering UPC students, as a part of the collaboration agreements SENER has with this institution.

Thursday morning, May 8, plant engineer David Vindel was responsible for receiving the students and for giving them an explanation of the operation of Gemasolar, the world’s first solar plant to use central tower receiver technology along with a high temperature molten salt storage system on a commercial scale. The group, made up of the six winners and their project tutor, Santiago Gassó, was able to get a close-up look at this successful engineering project that is particularly notable for its high efficiency. An example of this is the 36 days of continuous 24-hour production achieved during the summer of 2013. Its innovative configuration and technological advances have been repeatedly recognized by the industry, resulting in various awards, the most recent being the DESERTEC 2014 Awards prize. It also had the distinction of being named Engineering Firm of the Year in The European Energy Awards 2013 for this project, as well as receiving the Award of Merit granted by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC by its Spanish acronym), which recognized the facility as one of the best global engineering works of the past 100 years.

The SENER Awards, which are in their 6th edition and are a result of collaboration between SENER and the UPC, are a part of a framework of SENER innovation activities in Catalonia. The aim of the awards is to promote excellence, as well as the search for new talents in the latest engineering courses.

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