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Torresol’s landmark Gemasolar CSP solar plant is officially commissioned

IRJ - May 24 - In IRJ’s two-plus years of circulation, Torresol Energy—the joint venture company between Masdar, the future energy company of Abu Dhabi, and SENER, the engineering giant of Spain—has cemented itself as a vehicle at the forefront of the solar industry’s development. Latest news from its 19.9 megawatt Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in Seville, Spain, demonstrates why; the mega project has been officially commissioned.

 “The commissioning of the CSP plant marks another key milestone in the development and deployment of solar energy in Europe. It also highlights Masdar’s commitment to partner with global industry leaders such as SENER and bring clean technology closer to the community” Frank Wouters, Director of Masdar Power told press.

“The on-schedule and on-budget completion of the construction and commissioning of the Gemasolar plant is a milestone for SENER. Currently, SENER is the only company in the world that has developed and built a commercial plant with central tower molten salt receiver technology that has already started operation,” says Miguel Domingo, Solar Business Director of SENER.

“Gemasolar is a revolution in the CSP sector, as the standardization of this new technology will mean a real reduction in the investment costs for solar plants. The commercial operation of this plant will lead the way for other central tower plants with molten salt receiver technology, an efficient system that improves the dispatchability of electric power from renewable sources,” says Enrique Sendagorta, Chairman of Torresol Energy.

Gemasolar is the world’s first commercial-scale CSP plant, with central tower technology and dispatchable thermal storage power. The project is now up and running, supplying 25,000 homes in the Andalucía region of Spain, and it is expected to reach its nameplate capacity, saving 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emission a year.

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