World's largest solar energyplant to open in 2006

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1 October 2004, MADRID - Spain's ACS construction firm has signed on to help build the world's largest solar-thermal energy plant outside the southern Spanish town of Guadix.

1 October 2004

MADRID - Spain's ACS construction firm has signed on to help build the world's largest solar-thermal energy plant outside the  southern Spanish town of Guadix.

The project is the brainchild of the German firm Solar Millennium AG and will be Europe's first solar-powered commercial power plant, requiring an investment of USD 467.4 million, ACS executives told EFE news agency.

The plant is to have a surface receptor field measuring 1.1 million square meters (272 acres) and two 50 megawatt generators that should provide electricity to 187,000 inhabitants.

Each of the plant's two terminals has a surface area of 200 hectares (494 acres) containing 624 solar energy panels with around 200,000 mirrors provided by the German firm Schott-Rohrglas.

The receivers absorb sunlight through a series of mirrors that reflect it onto a liquid that heats up to as much as 400 C (752 F), producing steam, which, in turn, powers a set of turbines that generate electrical energy.

Construction of the two terminals should take about 18 months and employ close to 1,200 workers, according to the German company, which said it expects the facility to come on-stream in 2006 and employ around 100 people.

Also involved in the project are the Spanish aeronautical engineering firm Sener and the Andalusian regional government, which is helping underwrite the project.

The contract for supplying the solar receivers was signed in Bonn on June 3, 2003, during the International Conference on Renewable Energy, ACS said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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