FLABEG FE GmbH, a Germany-based manufacturer of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, has announced it will supply its Ultimate Trough parabolic trough collectors for an integrated solar/combined-cycle power (ISCC) plant in Saudi Arabia.
The company says the ISCC project, with a total energy output of 550 MW, will be the first commercial power plant using the Ultimate Trough technology and will be equipped with a 50 MW CSP field.
Although the ISCC plant will burn natural gas as primary fuel, the steam generated by the CSP technology will also be used to generate electricity. FLABEG says this is an important step to cut down carbon emission, increase fuel efficiency and initiate the CSP industry on the Arabian Peninsula.
According to the company, an Ultimate Trough solar field is capable of withstanding wind speeds of up to 40 m/s (144 km/hr) and can be adapted for even higher wind speeds.
Furthermore, FLABEG says the technology has been deployed in a test loop within an existing CSP plant (SEGS VIII in California) of 80 MW and has been performing successfully since February 2013 with synthetic oil as heat transfer fluid. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has audited and confirmed the technology’s performance, the company adds.