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Assar discusses localizing CSP technology in Egypt

Saturday، 21 September 2019 - 01:02 PM

State Minister for Military Production Mohamed Saaed el Assar had a meeting on Friday with global renewable energy expert in Germany Dr. Hany el Nokrashi to discuss the possibility of localizing the new Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology and manufacturing components of this system in companies and units affiliated to the Military Production Ministry.

The meeting falls within the framework of the Military Production Ministry's interest in localizing the manufacturing of solar power plants' components in its affiliate companies and units.

During their meeting, Nokrashy posted Assar on Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant, the world's first commercial concentrating solar power tower operating near Seville, in Andalusia, Spain.

Gemasolar, with its 19.9 MW of power, can supply 110 GWh per year — enough to supply power to 27,500 homes. The plant has been operational since May 2011. Its official launch was held in October 2011.

The plant is of the solar power tower type CSP and uses concepts pioneered in the Solar One and Solar Two demonstration projects, using molten salt as its heat transfer fluid and energy storage medium. Originally called "Solar Tres", it was renamed Gemasolar.

The most innovative aspects of the plant, which belongs to the company Torresol Energy, are its molten salt receiver, its heliostats aiming system and its control system.

In addition, its storage system allows it to produce electricity for 15 hours without sunlight (at night or on cloudy days). This storage capacity makes its solar power manageable so that it can be supplied based on demand.

The plant has already been able to supply a full day of uninterrupted power supply to the grid, using thermal transfer technology developed by SENER.


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