Twin CSP Plants In Spain Begin Operation


Torresol Energy, a joint venture between Masdar – Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company – and SENER – a Spanish engineering and construction firm – have inaugurated the Valle 1 and Valle 2 plants, two identical 50 MW parabolic-trough concentrating solar power (CSP) plants located in Cadiz, Spain.

The plants are equipped with thermal storage that will allow them to continue to produce power, even when there is no solar radiation, for up to 7.5 hours, according to the companies.

Construction on Valle 1 and Valle 2 began in December 2009 and was completed in December 2011. Roughly 4,500 workers worked over 2,700,000 hours to build and launch the twin projects during the two construction years, the companies note. SENER led the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the two projects as project manager and provided 100% of the technology and engineering for both plants.

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