Abengoa signs to build world's tallest CSP towers

Shams builder partners up for next record-breaking solar project feat

The twin CSP towers of the Solucar complex built by Abengoa in southern Spain
The twin CSP towers of the Solucar complex built by Abengoa in southern Spain

Abengoa, the Spanish firm behind Masdar’s record-breaking Shams 1 parabolic trough project, has signed a deal with Brightsource Energy to jointly finance and develop the world’s twin-tallest concentrated solar power towers in California.

The 500MW Palen Solar Project involves two 250MW arrays to feature the 229m-tall towers, which together will produce enough power to prevent the emission of 17 million tons of CO2 over their lifespan.

The height of the focal towers allow for a denser positioing of the 170,000 reflective mirrors, or heliostats, so the project will use only two thirds of the land required for a typical photovoltaic plant with the same output, providing power 200,000 households on justy 3,800 acres of public land.

To view a video on the project click here 

Originally the Palen site was authorization as a solar thermal project, but in addition to the reduction in land use, conversion to solar tower technology will require 50% percent less water by allowing the use of a dry-cooling technology like that deployed for the Shams 1 project.

Abengoa is responsible for the EPC on the estimated $2bn plant, and will begin work on the plants at the end of 2013 to commence operations in 2016. The project is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in the region.


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