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Abengoa with NREL to develop solar thermal energy storage tech

Abengoa together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a new solar energy storage technology for thermo-electric plants.

The program will last for two years and will require an investment of $1.76 million by the DOE.

Abengoa will be responsible for leading the systems integration work and the technical-financial analysis, focusing on the commercial potential of this technology in future solar plant projects.

The capacity to generate electricity on demand, making it manageable, is one of the most important characteristics ofsolar thermal energy compared to other types of renewable energy. The storage system enables clean energy to be produced at maximum output without using the solar field, which can be used to supply peak demand times during the day.

This manageability also solves the problems of intermittency inherent in other renewable energies, such as wind or photovoltaic power, since it enables supply to remain stable, increasing the value of solar-thermal energy.

This project is part of the SunShot Initiative carried out by the DOE, which seeks to promote innovation in order to make the cost of solar power more competitive compared with traditional sources, before the end of the decade.

This new research program will consolidate Abengoa’s leadership position in developing innovative technology solutions for sustainability, specifically in the field of solar R&D in which the company has carried out major research programs.

As a result of this investment, Abengoa currently has 1,223 MW of installed capacity in commercial operation and 430 MW under construction, including both solar-thermal and photovoltaic technology. Moreover, it is the leading company for solar-thermal power and one of the few companies in the world that constructs and operates solar-thermal plants using both tower and parabolic trough technologies.

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World’s largest photovoltaic plant completed

Abengoa has completed a 206MW solar PV plant, which is claimed to be the world’s largest single-axis photovoltaic plant, in south-east California.

Located in the city of Calexico, the Mount Signal Solar PV plant will supply power to around 72,000 households in San Diego and its surrounding area, preventing the emission of 356,000t of CO2/year into the atmosphere. The company will not retain an interest in the constructed assets.

Under the contract worth $365m, Abengoa was responsible for the engineering, construction and commissioning of the plant for Silver Ridge Power.

The project is spread across 801 hectares and consists of more than three million photovoltaic modules that rotate on a north-south axis tracking the path of the sun.

During the construction process, Abengoa signed agreements with various local firms in order to boost economic development in the region.

At its peak, the project created more than 700 direct jobs in the area, most of which were filled by local residents. The company constructed and commissioned the plant in a record 16 months.

Abengoa is currently carrying out various projects in EE.UU., an area that accounts for 28% of its business. These include Solana, the world’s largest parabolic trough plant that has been operating since last year; Mojave, a 280MW solar-thermal plant that will be operating mid of this year; and a new photovoltaic project in California for EDP Renováveis.

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