Helios I CSP Project

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

Project Overview

Power Station: Helios I
Location: Puerto Lápice
Ciudad Real
Castilla-La Mancha
Owners (%): Hypesol Energy Holding, Hyperion, others
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2092
Nominal Capacity: 50 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2012

Status Date

Status Date December 03, 2021


Break Ground Date 2010
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 97
Lat/Long Location 39.24,-3.47
Total Power Station Land Area 2.6


Developer Hyperion
EPC Abener, Teyma
Electricity Generation Offtaker REE
Construction Job Years 600


Total Construction Cost (2012) 215.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $303.51 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 6070.2
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.27
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration EUR/kWh 0.27
Remuneration Start Year 2012
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.38
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 25
Support Scheme Type FIT
Policy Support Scheme Real Decreto 661/2010
Concessional Funding or Other Support EIB €30.6 million

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 300000
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 360
# of Loops 90
# of SCAs per Loop 4
# of Modules per SCA 12
SCA Length (m) 150
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Model Astro (ET-150)

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Thermal Oil
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs) 12960
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 393°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 50 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Siemens
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure (Bar) 100
Cooling Type Wet