The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park in South Africa has now entered business operation.
Built by Spanish corporations SENER and Acciona Industrial, the concentrated solar energy plant is supplying electrical energy to 179,000 houses within the Northern Cape Province.
It makes use of parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt vitality storage system that allows warmth from the plant to be saved and electrical energy to be generated within the absence of daylight.
This molten salt storage system, which offers as much as 5 hours of energy era, extends the operational capability of the plant after sunset and on cloudy days.
Siyabonga Mbanjwa, Regional Managing Director of SENER Southern Africa said: “Concentrated solar energy, as a viable different to conventional baseload sources of vitality, has a demonstrated alignment with South Africa’s nationwide agenda of attaining inclusive progress that features job-creating, manufacturing, building and rural growth.
"Reaching business operation at Kathu signifies that the vitality provide to the local people is safe and demand is effectively managed whereas contributing to mitigate the results of local weather change”.
The undertaking is a part of the South African authorities’s Integrated Resource Programme 2010, which goals to extend the nation’s energy era capability to 86.eight GW by 2030, of which 24 per cent will probably be from renewables.
It is the second photo voltaic thermal energy undertaking collectively developed by SENER and Acciona in South Africa – the primary was the 50 MW Bokpoort plant which opened in 2016.
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