Torresol Energy, developer and operator of solar thermal power plants will open, with the presence of King Juan Carlos I, on Tuesday October 4 Gemasolar plant in Fuentes de Andalucía (Sevilla), the first commercial solar thermal power solar concentration technology and molten salt receiver and storage tower system.
On Tuesday, the King will travel to Sevilla to open, along with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the new CSP ‘Gemasolar’ in the town of Fuentes de Andalucía. Gemasolar is a solar thermal power project undertaken by the engineering firm Sener and the company Basque Masdar, funded by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which has invested heavily in renewable energy, aware that its large oil reserves will be exhausted someday.
Torresol Energy, developer and operator of solar thermal power plants, will open on Tuesday, October 4 Gemasolar solar thermal, Fuentes de Andalucía (Sevilla), the first commercial concentrating solar energy receiver technology and system tower molten salt storage.
At a press conference, the president of Torresol Energy, Enrique Sendagorta, said that the investment for this project has been around for 250 million euros and its operation is based on concentrating the sun’s rays, using mirrors, at a point by circulating a fluid, which in turn serves heat to generate steam that drives a turbine.
The CSP is operational since May 1 and are “very satisfied” with the level of production since the radiation zone can provide power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gemasolar, one of 19.9 MW of thermal power, is able to provide 110GWh a year, supplies to 27,500 homes, reduced by more than 30,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions and avoids the need to burn 89,000 tons of lignite per year or to import 28,600 tons of oil per year.
The solar field consists of 2652 heliostats, whose assembly was held in seven months. These heliostats are arranged in concentric rings around the tower and the furthest away is situated at a distance of about one kilometer. Each heliostat has a mirror surface of 120 square meters which is oriented on an ongoing basis throughout the day depending on the position of the sun and weather conditions.
During the 29 months of construction have generated over 1,800 jobs directly and the design is employed more than 240 engineers, to be “more complex projects Sener”, and now in its maintenance have been generated about 30 jobs. Also Sendagorta wanted to emphasize that the technology has been designed in Spain and 85 percent of its components and systems have also been produced in Spain.
As he explained, the president of Energy Torresol what distinguishes this from the rest is thermal storage capacity, which uses a technology that “has a long way in the face of lower costs.” “It is not yet competitive with other forms of energy such as gas or oil, because its technological development is recent,” but “the components are simple and when you get to standardize and industrialize will start lowering path.”
In this regard, said that solar energy being at an early stage or initial need any help, but “the important thing is that progressively until 2020, these rates decrease” so that “energy 2020-2025 CSP is competitive and does not need help. ”
The company Torresol, who was born in 2008, fruit of an alliance of companies Sener and Masdar, has invested in its first three years in Andalusia a total of 940 million euros and has three strengths. On the one hand, Sener technology, which has invested in solar since 2004 and for the solar thermal parabolic trough, the geographic presence in markets where there is no future with important market in the coming decades, such as Spain, the Persian Gulf States States, and the vocation of achieving excellence in the maintenance area.
The company also predicted that the end of this year and the beginning of 2012 to implement the two twin 50 MW thermal installed in San José del Valle (Cadiz) – Valle Valle I and II – using technology parabolic trough collectors, as well as new projects in the Gulf, California and Andalusia itself from 2013.
In the case of Andalusia, as Sendagorta, “are ambitious plans” with the intention to continue investing in new projects in areas where they are already present – Fuentes de Andalucía (Sevilla) and San José del Valle (Cadiz). He also believes that these new projects will be “double size” Gemasolar, although at a cost of between 250 and 300 million euros, which will require 25 percent less.
While carrying out these investments, the president has claimed Torresol security framework. “These investments are no joke and need stability in the regulatory framework,” he stressed, to which he added is “unthinkable” that is invested with a definite pattern and “half way, it will change.”