Abengoa resumes works on its 100 MW PV plant at the Atacama solar facility

The Atacama 1 and 2 solar complex will include CSP, energy storage technology, and a solar PV plant
The Atacama 1 and 2 solar complex will include CSP, energy storage technology, and a solar PV plant

Abengoa SA (Seville, Spain), pursuant to the agreement reached last October with its partner EIG Global Energy Partners (Washington, DC, U.S.) that detailed the transfer of ownership of the Atacama solar facility in Chile, to EIG as the sole owner of the project, on December 14th, 2016 has begun the immediate restart of construction works of the Atacama solar photovoltaic (PV) plant that forms part of the facility.  

 

PV plant scheduled to start operating in the Q2, 2017

The solar facility is comprised of a 110 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant that uses tower technology and a 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) plant located in the Atacama Desert, the area which receives the highest concentration of solar radiation in the world.

The PV plant is scheduled to start operating in the second quarter of 2017, supplying Chile’s electrical grid with solar power while boosting economic development and reducing the country’s dependency on coal and natural gas. 

 

CSP plant with 17.5 hours of energy storage

The CSP plant will have a thermal storage system, designed and developed by Abengoa that boasts of 17.5 hours of energy storage, thus making this technology highly manageable, enabling it to supply electricity in a stable way, 24 hours a day and responding to electricity demand at all times.

As part of the strategic plan that was initiated at the start of this year, the company is conducting several operations with the objective of reducing its intensive capital involvement in integrated projects, and focus its activity on engineering and construction.

In this way, the agreement reached last October with EIG allows the company to continue moving towards this goal. Therefore, Abengoa will continue to be responsible for undertaking the engineering and construction work, the procurement (EPC), as well as the operation and maintenance of both plants that make up the Atacama solar facility. 

 

2016-12-16 | Courtesy: Abengoa | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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