Airlight Energy Ait-Baha Pilot Plant

This page provides information on Ait-Baha Pilot Plant, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. The Solar field is designed to provide additional heat at high temperature to the existing 12MW ORC Generator.
Status Date

Background

Technology
Parabolic Trough
Status
Operational
Location

Ait Baha
Morocco

Region
Agadir
Lat/Long Location
30°
13'
3.00"
North
8'
57.00"
West
Land Area
24 hectares
Solar Resource
2200 kWh/m2/yr
Electricity Generation
2,390 MWh/yr Estimated
Generation Data Explanation
Computed if it were a stand alone plant
Break Ground Date
Start Production Date
Project Type
Pilot plant

Participants

Developer(s)
Airlight Energy
Operator(s)
Cimar, Italcementi Group
Generation Offtaker(s)
Cimar, Italcementi Group

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area
6,159 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs)
3
# of Loops
1
# of SCAs per Loop
3
SCA Aperture Area
2053 m²
SCA Length
215 m
# of Modules per SCA
12
SCA Manufacturer
Airlight Energy
Mirror Manufacturer (Model)
Airlight Energy (Pneumatic mirror)
HCE Manufacturer
Airlight Energy
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs)
108
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type
Air at ambient pressure
Solar-Field Inlet Temp
270ºC
Solar-Field Outlet Temp
570ºC

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross)
3 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net)
3 MW
Turbine Manufacturer
Turboden
Turbine Description
The solar field feeds 3 MWth to an existing 12 MWe ORC turbine
Output Type
Organic Rankine
Design-Point Conditions
3.9 MWth Peak thermal power

Thermal Storage

Storage Type
Other
Storage Capacity
5 hours
Storage Description
Packed-bed of rocks

Project Overview

Project Name: Airlight Energy Ait-Baha Pilot Plant
Location: Morocco
Owner(s) (%): Cimar, Italcementi Group (100%)
Technology: Parabolic Trough
Turbine Capacity (Net):
3 MW
Turbine Capacity (Gross):
3 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2014

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