Thai Solar Energy opens first concentrating solar thermal plant

Thailand Inaugurates Its First Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plant. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Yongyuth Wichaidit has pressed the start button of the first concentrated solar thermal power plant in his country, Wirsol/Independence reports.

The solar thermal parabolic trough concentrated solar power plant is located in the province of Kanchanaburi Huaykrachao and is has a power capacity of 5 megawatts.

While this is the first, it won’t be alone for long. Thailand has plans to build 14 more solar power plants in this province.

“The power plant TSE 1 is the first in the world that operates on the basis of the direct evaporation of water / steam. The technique is considered to be particularly efficient.”

Thailand has a feed-in tariff (FiT) in place that supports solar power. The FiT is for small solar energy with a capacity up to 10 megawatts.

By José Santamarta,