30 June, 2011

Torresol Energy obtains the US CSP Today award in the ‘Commercialized Technology Innovation of the year’ category


Torresol Energy, the joint venture between Masdar, the leader future energy company of Abu Dhabi, and the technological group SENER, has been awarded with the US CSP Today awards in the ‘Commercialized Technology Innovation of the year’ category. SENER has also been awarded in the ‘Engineering Firm of the year’ category in this awards .

Torresol Energy and SENER have obtained these awards thanks to their innovations developed in Gemasolar, the first commercial Concentrated Solar Power plant in the world to use central tower technology with a molten salt receiver and thermal storage system located in Fuentes de Andalucía, Seville (Spain). Gemasolar, with a 19.9 MW of power, was commissioned successfully last May.

The winners were released yesterday, Monday June 28 in Las Vegas city, USA, on the celebration of the opening ceremony of the CSP Today 2011 Summit where Torresol Energy and SENER also participate until June 30 in some conferences.

Felicia Bellows, Torresol Energy’s Vice-president of Development from San Francisco’s office, and Mercedes Sierra, SENER’s CEO in San Francisco, picked up the awards.

Felicia Bellows declared she was “proud of Gemasolar project because, having the first plant of these characteristics in commercial operation, has represented a huge challenge.”

On her side, Mercedes Sierra stated: “this award represents the effort carried out by SENER in these last years to offer the best technological solutions in every area where it develops its activity.”

The state-of-the-art technology of thermal handing-over in molten salts developed in Gemasolar allows avoiding the fluctuations in the energy supply thanks to a system able to produce electricity during 15 hours without solar radiation. This system allows, therefore, the generation of electricity 24 hours a day during many months, at night or even when daytime radiation is weak.


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