Abengoa Solar has initiated commercial operation of Solnova 1, a 50 MW concentrating solar power plant located at the Solucar Platform in Sevilla, Spain. This step follows successful completion of the operation and production testing phase.
The Solnova 1 plant incorporates parabolic-trough technology developed by Abengoa Solar. It is made up of around 980,000 square feet of mirrors that cover an area totaling approximately 280 acres.
The plant employs technology that concentrates solar radiation onto a heat-absorbing pipe, inside of which flows a liquid that reaches high temperatures. This fluid transfers its energy to the water vapor that reaches a turbo-generator, where it expands to produce electricity.
SOURCE: Abengoa Solar