Concentrating solar power: Delegation from China’s parliament visits Gemasolar plant

Gemasolar is the first commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant in the world to apply central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology

Torresol Energy announced that its 19.9 megawatt (MW) Gemasolar concentrated solar thermal plant has received the visit of a delegation from China’s government, led by the chairman of the standing committee of the national people’s congress of China Mr. Wu Bangguo.

The Gemasolar concentrated solar thermal plant is located near the town of Fuentes de Andalucia, Spain. The plant is capable of generating 110 gigawatt hours (GWh) of solar power annually, enough for 27,500 households. Gemasolar is the first commercial concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with central tower receiver and molten salt storage technology.

Innovative plant marks the beginning of the path to fully competitiveness

"From Torresol Energy we want to thank the Chinese Delegation for the time dedicated to discover our Gemasolar plant. This innovative plant, unique in the world, truly marks the beginning of a path that will lead to a future where solar thermal plants are fully competitive with other renewable generation sources," Torresol Energy President Enrique Sendagorta stated.

The delegation was able to learn firsthand the plant’s technology and, also, received a technical explanation from Torresol Energy’s General Manager Alvaro Lorente, who accompanied the delegation through the plant’s facilities.