Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Saudi CSP Project

This page provides information on Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Saudi CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Generation 3 Particle Pilot Plant Saudi
Location: Waad Al-Shamal
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Owners (%): Saudi Elecricity Company
Technology Power Tower
Solar Resource: 2592
Nominal Capacity: 2 MW
Status Under Construction
Start Year: 2026

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2023
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 6
Lat/Long Location 31.66,38.86
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 0.085


Developer Saudi Elecricity Company
Operator Saudi Elecricity Company
Electricity Generation Offtaker Waad Al-Shama ISCC


Total Construction Cost (2023) $ 18.00 million
Policy Support Scheme R&D funds by SEC, KACARE, and DOE SETO

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 16000

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid White Sand
Receiver Working Fluid Category Particle
Working Fluid Manufacturer Nature
Tower Height (m) 52
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 580°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 1050°C
Receiver Model Obstructed flow

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 2 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Turbine Model SGT-50
Power Cycle Air Brayton
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 8
Turbine Efficiency Percent 26
Steam Generator System Manufacturer Solex thermal science

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type Sensible
Storage Capacity (Hours) 6
Storage Description Thermal energy stoarge bin using Soild particle
TES Engineering Company King Saud University KSA

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