Planta Solar 10

This page provides information on Planta Solar 10, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Abengoa Solar's Planta Solar 10 is the first solar central-receiver system producing grid-connected electricity under a purely commercial approach. PS10's technologies—including glass-metal heliostats, pressurized-water thermal storage system, and saturated-steam receiver and turbine—were previously tested and qualified at the Plataforma Solar de Almería facility. This testing helped to avoid technological uncertainties and allowed the project to focus on scaling up, integrating subsystems, demonstrating dispatchability, and reducing O&M costs. The plant's thermal storage system has a 50-minute capacity at 50% load to handle cloud transients. The tower was designed to reduce visual impact—its relatively narrow body includes a large open space to give a lightweight sense.
Status Date

Background

Technology
Power Tower
Status
Operational
Location

Sevilla
Spain

Region
Sanlúcar la Mayor
Lat/Long Location
37°
26'
30.97"
North
14'
59.98"
West
Land Area
55 hectares
Solar Resource
2012 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource
Abengoa Solar
Electricity Generation
23,400 MWh/yr Expected/Planned
Generation Data Explanation
Gross generation
Key References
Break Ground Date
Start Production Date
PPA/Tariff Date
PPA/Tariff Type
Royal Decree 661/2007
PPA/Tariff Rate
27.1188 Euro cents per kWh
PPA/Tariff Period
25 years
PPA/Tariff Information
Total Price = Pool + Tariff Rate
Project Type
Commercial plant
Incentives
1.2 million Euros from Andalusian Regional Government
5.0 million Euros from European Commission under FP5

Participants

Developer(s)
Abengoa Solar
EPC Contractor
Abener Energía
Operator(s)
Abengoa Solar
Generation Offtaker(s)
Electric Market (Pool)
Endesa Distribución (FIT)

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Heat-Transfer Fluid Type
Water
Heliostat Solar-Field Aperture Area
75,000 m²
# of Heliostats
624
Heliostat Aperture Area
120 m²
Heliostat Manufacturer (Model)
Abengoa (Solucar 120)
Heliostat Description
Glass-metal
Tower Height
115 m
Receiver Type
Cavity
Receiver Outlet Temperature
250 - 300

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross)
11.02 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net)
11 MW
Power Cycle Pressure
45 bar
Cooling Method
Wet cooling
Cooling Method Description
Refrigeration towers

Thermal Storage

Storage Type
Other
Storage Capacity
1 hour(s)
Photo taken from the air that shows a tall tower toward the left rising above a flat field. In front of the tower on the field is an oval-shaped area containing rows of flat mirrors that are approximately concentric to the tower. The mirrors are oriented horizontal to the ground, but when in operation, they will be oriented to focus the sun onto the top of the tower.

Project Overview

Project Name: Planta Solar 10 (PS10)
Location: Spain
Owner(s): Abengoa Solar
Technology: Power Tower
Turbine Capacity (Net):
11 MW
Turbine Capacity (Gross):
11.02 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2007

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