Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant

This page provides information on Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. Gemasolar is the first high-temperature solar receiver with molten salt, which provides 15 hours of thermal storage and an annual capacity factor of about 55%.
Status Date

Background

Technology
Power Tower
Status
Operational
Location

Fuentes de Andalucía
Spain

Region
Andalucía (Sevilla)
Lat/Long Location
37°
33'
44.95"
North
19'
49.39"
West
Land Area
195 hectares
Solar Resource
2100 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource
Sener
Electricity Generation
80,000 MWh/yr
Break Ground Date
Start Production Date
Cost (approx)
230,000,000 Euro
Construction Job-Years
800
Annual O&M Jobs
45

Participants

Developer(s)
Torresol Energy
EPC Contractor
UTE C.T. Solar Tres
Operator(s)
Torresol O&M

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Heliostat Drive Manufacturer
Sener
Receiver Manufacturer
Sener
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type
Molten salts (sodium and potassium nitrates)
Heliostat Solar-Field Aperture Area
304,750 m²
# of Heliostats
2,650
Heliostat Aperture Area
120 m²
Heliostat Manufacturer
Sener
Heliostat Description
Sheet metal stamped facet
Tower Height
140 m
Receiver Inlet Temperature
290 C
Receiver Outlet Temperature
565 C
Receiver Temperature Difference
275 C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross)
19.9 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net)
19.9 MW
Output Type
Steam Rankine
Cooling Method
Wet cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type
2-tank direct
Storage Capacity
15 hour(s)
Storage Description
One cold-salts tank (290ºC) from where salts are pumped to the tower receiver and heated up to 565ºC, to be stored in one hot-salts tank (565ºC). Annual equivalent hours = 5,000.
Computer-generated image of circular field of several thousand flat mirrors separated into curved rows and oriented such that they reflect sunlight onto the top of a tower at the center of the circle.  Several buildings are indicated in the foreground, and the background shows flat fields with groves of trees.

Project Overview

Project Name: Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant (Gemasolar)
Location: Spain
Owner(s) (%): MASDAR (40%)
Sener (60%)
Technology: Power Tower
Turbine Capacity (Net):
19.9 MW
Turbine Capacity (Gross):
19.9 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2011

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