11 MW Solar Tower Complex Opens in Spain

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Europe’s first concentrated tower open recently near the sunny southern Spanish city of Seville. The 11 megawatt plant took four years to build — it was created by a Spanish energy company, Solucar. The tower project is called “PS10″ and it uses 624 large movable mirrors called heliostats. Each of the mirrors has a surface measuring 1,290 square feet that concentrates the Sun’s rays to the top of a 377 foot high tower where a solar receiver and a steam turbine are located. The turbine drives a generator, producing electricity.


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PS10 is the first of a set of solar electric power generation plants to be constructed in the same area that will total more than 300 MW by 2013. Power generation will be accomplished using a variety of technologies.

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The first two power plants to be brought into operation at Sanlucar la Mayor are the PS10, the world’s first tower technology solar thermoelectric power plant constructed for commercial operation, and Sevilla PV, the largest low concentration system photovoltaic plant in Europe.

Comments

  1. says

    Would it be feasible for parking lots to double as solar power complexes? The heliostats could double as shade for the vehicles. The great waste we devote to parking lots would be put to use to produce clean energy.

  2. Alex sunda says

    KANYINGA SUNDAY
    P.O.BOX 26507
    KAMPALA UGANDA
    TEL:256 753260676
    FAX:256 414256797
    INDUSTRY AREA
    PLOT 123/125
    UMOJA VIBRATORYS BUILDING

    Dear sir/madam
    Hoping business is good.
    We want to purchase solar panel from your company, Please
    can you supply with us the above product ,feel free to contact us
    with your price list.
    Your soonest reply will be appreciated.

    Best
    Regards
    Mr Sunda

  3. sunday says

    KANYINGA SUNDAY
    P.O.BOX 26507
    KAMPALA UGANDA
    TEL:256 753260676
    FAX:256 414256797
    INDUSTRY AREA
    PLOT 123/125
    UMOJA VIBRATORYS BUILDING

    Dear sir/madam
    Hoping business is good.
    We want to purchase solar panel from your company, Please
    can you supply with us the above product ,feel free to contact us
    with your price list.
    Your soonest reply will be appreciated.

    Best
    Regards
    Mr Sunda

  4. Uncle B says

    Spain knows a bargain when they see one! renewable (or “perpetual” – just to bug the Yanks!) Power! Just think! From now on, free power, no boatloads of oil to buy, no asinine OPEC demands, no Haughty Saudi Princes, no Sunnis’ wars to fight! Just pure clean energy to collect – How uncapitalistic and worry free! Do the maintenance and the rest is free! as in free beer! as in free Ubuntu OS! The Israelis have the same sort of thing! Happening now! in Israel! No Uranium to buy, no filthy waste to get rid of, just free and plentiful power, pouring in every damn day til eternity! And the sun in the Southwestern Deserts of the U.S.A.? Wasted, while they import oil and sell their souls to the Middle East, fight for Turkmenistan/Chinese fields by killing their way trough Afghanistan! Fvcking Fools! Godamned Fools! Give some men a gun and they will feed their family with it, We all know what Yankee Doodle Dandy does with it!

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