Archimede CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: Archimede
Location: Priolo Gargallo

Owners (%): ENEL
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 1936
Nominal Capacity: 4.7 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2010

Status Date

Status Date December 02, 2021


Break Ground Date 2008
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 9.2
Lat/Long Location 37.134,15.217
Total Power Station Land Area 0.08


Developer ENEL
Operator ENEL


Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 31860
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 54
# of Loops 9
# of SCAs per Loop 6
# of Modules per SCA 8
SCA Aperture Area (m²) 590
SCA Length (m) 100
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner COMES
Mirror Manufacturer Ronda Reflex

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Molten salt (60% NaNO?, 40% KNO?)
Receiver Working Fluid Category Salt
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs) 1296
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 290°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 550°C
Receiver Manufacturer Archimede Solar Energy

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 4.7 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Tosi
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 93.8
Turbine Efficiency Percent 39.3
Cooling Type wet

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank direct
Storage Capacity (Hours) 8
Storage Description Total of 1,580 tons of molten salt. 60% sodium nitrate, 40% potassium nitrate. Capacity 100 MWh (thermal). Tanks are 6.5 m high and 13.5 m in diameter.