Power China Qinghai Gonghe - 50MW Tower CSP Project

This page provides information on Power China Qinghai Gonghe - 50MW Tower CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Power China Qinghai Gonghe - 50MW Tower
Location: Gonghe
Qinghai China
Owners (%): HYDROCHINA and Northwest Engineering Corporation (Power China)
Technology Power Tower
Solar Resource: 1883
Nominal Capacity: 50 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2019

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2017
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 157
Lat/Long Location 36.102,100.625
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 2.1


Developer Northwest Engineering Corporation (Power China)
EPC Northwest Engineering Corporation (Power China)
Electricity Generation Offtaker State Grid Qinghai Electric Power company


Total Construction Cost (2017) 1222.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $184.16 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 3683.3
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.1
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 RMB/kWh 1.15
Remuneration Start Year 2017
Remuneration USD/kWh Deflated (2020) 0.17
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 20
Support Scheme Type FIT
Policy Support Scheme Chinese Demonstration Program 1st Batch

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 516000
# of Heliostats (or dishes for dish systems) 25795
Heliostat Aperture Area (m²) (or dish aperature for dish systems) 20
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Supcon
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Supcon
Collector/Heliostat Model SUPCON
Mirror Manufacturer Damin Glass

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Molten salt
Receiver Working Fluid Category Salt
Working Fluid Manufacturer Qinghai Lianda Chemical Company
Tower Height (m) 210
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 290°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 565°C
Receiver Manufacturer Hangzhou Boiler Group

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 50 MW
Turbine Manufacturer Harbin Turbine Company
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Steam Generator System Manufacturer HollySys Automation Technologies
Cooling Type Dry

Thermal Energy Storage

Storage Type 2-tank direct
Storage Capacity (Hours) 6
Storage Description Molten Salt
TES Engineering Company Bai Ji Rui (Tianjin) New Energy & Emypro S.A. China

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