SENER takes part, once again, in this event to show its capacities in solar technology, where it has become a leading company both for the development of innovative solutions and for the number of projects under development.
The engineering projects in the field of CSP, successfully carried out by SENER, add up to a total of 15, which will have a total installed power of 1 GWe once construction has finished. Most of these plants use a molten salts storage system that allows them to continue producing electricity at night or during cloudy weather, turning a renewable source like solar energy into a dispatchable energy, capable of supplying electricity in line with demand, unlike other technologies such as wind power, which has no storage option.
Among these projects are the three innovative plants of Torresol Energy, a joint venture between SENER and Masdar to promote large CSP plants around the world, allowing SENER to exploit its own technology.
The Gemasolar project stands out, as the first commercial plant in the world to use central tower receiver technology with a heat storage system. Promoted by Torresol Energy, the constructions works have already been completed and is now under the start-up and commissioning phase, the last one before its commercial operation. Located in Seville, once built, in 2011, the plant will be able to supply clean and secure energy to 25,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30,000 tons a year.
The technological significance of Gemasolar, the flagship project of the engineering group, has received several international awards and it is, nowadays, Torresol Energy’s main feature. Gemasolar’s technology will be represented at WFES with a big tower in the center of the booth. The CCP technology will also be shown, that is applied in Torresol Energy’s Valle 1 and Valle 2 projects, located in Cadiz (Andalusia, Spain), whose construction works continues to progress as expected.
Besides, SENER will be showing some of its main innovations in CSP, such as the molten salts system, used as heat transfer fluid and as storage system, or the design of the cylindrical-parabolic collectors SENERtrough.