17 June, 2013

Solar thermal plant Gemasolar, setting for Sony Computer’s video game ‘Gran Turismo 6’

Gemasolar, the first plant worldwide to combine central tower receiver technology with molten salt thermal storage system has been one of the locations chosen by Sony Computer Entertainment for the setting of the video game “Gran Turismo 6 (GT6)”. The video game preview was presented at the industry convention dedicated to E3 business that was held in Los Angeles (USA) between June 11 and 13.

Located in Fuentes de Andalucía (Seville, Spain), the facility was selected according to GT6 designers “for its spectacular scenery and for being a unique location that allows us to observe how this natural energy – solar energy – can be used without limitations“.

Additionally to Gemasolar, Sony chose two other locations where the action of this popular video game unfolds: the famous car racing track Willow Springs International Raceway in California (USA) and the original Matterhorn circuit (Germany).

Gemasolar is owned by Torresol Energy and is a worldwide benchmark reference in the solar thermal power generation field as the first commercial plant in the world to use high temperature tower receiver technology in combination with long-term molten salt thermal storage system. Thanks to its high storage capacity, a clean power source such as solar energy can become manageable, since it is possible to adapt the power transfer to the grid depending on the demand.

This plant represents, therefore, a starting point for the cost reduction strategy in the solar thermal sector, which is a key objective of Torresol Energy in order to make this clean energy into a solid alternative to fossil fuels. Gemasolar is a 19.9 MW plant that can supply 110 GWh per year, enough clean and safe energy to supply power to 27,500 homes. In addition, it reduces CO2 emissions by more than 30,000 tons per year.

SENER has been responsible for the complete supply of technology and engineering desing, and has leaded also the EPC and commissioning works of the plant.

The technical innovations developed for Gemasolar have awakened a great interest during its construction and after its entry into commercial operation in May 2011. In fact, the plant has been visited by numerous institutions, including representatives of the governments of Australia, China, Chile, India, the Arab League and the U.S., as well as media such as the BBC, CNN, Forbes or Le Figaro. In addition, it has been distinguished with significant renewable energy awards.

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