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North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar h...

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

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Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

The 100 megawatt Amanercer Solar CAP Power plant in Chile has been officially op...

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

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Business

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Thin-film solar module manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has announced the achievement of a significant milestone for their joint venture i...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Monday, 07 July 2014

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive values, the environment, and believe it or not, the periodic table of...

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Renewables

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

Monday, 07 July 2014

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. for 166 megawatts worth of wind turbines for a wind...

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Low-Carbon

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The World Bank has approved a $31 million-project for Kosovo and a $21.7 million-grant for Kazakhstan that will both be increasing the countries’ ener...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Second-generation solar tower unveiled in Spain


From top: The PS20, Eureka, and PS10 solar towers. Image courtesy of Abengoa Solar, S.A.

Spain’s Abengoa Solar unveiled on June 19 its first experimental high-temperature solar tower called Eureka in the Spanish state of Andalusia.

The solar energy complex is centered by the 164-foot solar tower, which is fed concentrated solar energy from 35 ground-based heliostats spread across 16,000 square feet. The generation capacity of the experimental solar plant is two megawatts (MW). The Eureka solar facility also includes a thermal energy storage system that enables electricity generation after daylight hours.

The Eureka solar concentrated energy tower is the experimental phase of Solucar Platform complex. When completed in 2013, the Solucar Platform concentrated solar plant will have a 300-MW output. The Solucar Platform complex will provide enough electricity for 153,000 households, and avoid the emission of 185,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, and four million metric tons over the course of its life.

Abengoa has four other solar concentration solar plants in the same region, and another in the Caceres province. Abengoa has two tower solar concentrator plants: the 11-MW PS10, and the 20-MW PS20 in the same Solucar Platform complex. Abengoa’s two parabolic trough concentrator plants in the same region will combine for 100 MW annually when completed in 2011. The Caceres plant will also use parabolic trough technology, and will have an annual output of 50 MW. The Caceres plant just received its building permits in the beginning of this month.

Abengoa Solar S.A. is involved across solar energy technologies, from solar concentrator troughs, solar concentrator towers, and standard photovoltaics (PV). The company has offices in Spain, the US, Morocco, Algeria, and China.

Abengoa Solar’s parent company Abengoa operates five business units: Solar, Bioenergy, Environmental Services, Information Technologies, and Engineering and Industrial Construction. It has operations in over 70 countries. It is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange.


- Mike R. Lopez


Source:

1 http://www.abengoasolar.com

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