This page provides information on Andasol-1, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and. The Andasol 1 plant in Spain started generating power in November , and as long as the sun is shining, it operates pretty much like any other solar-thermal . The first parabolic trough power plants in Europe – the world’s largest solar power plants: Andasol 1 to 3. Regulatory framework in Spain. Project partners. 4. 8.

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This makes it possible to cut annual emissions of carbon dioxide by tons. Precision boosts energy yield levels Parabolic troughs are constantly directed to face the sun When setting up this system, it is also possible to use high-speed optical measuring processes developed by the DLR for precision production control of the parabolic collectors.

And another group has developed a system that mimics the molecular effects of photosynthesis to store solar power: This type of salt storage isn’t the only design on the table for storing the sun’s energy.

As in conventional anvasol stations, this steam is then used to drive a turbine that — linked to a generator — then generates electrical power. Andasol Solar Power Station.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. One key decision-making indicator took the form of the statistical mean values calculated from many years of sunlight readings taken by the DLR from meteorological measurements at ground stations, and sequential satellite data. Retrieved from ” https: Precision mirrors boost cost-effectiveness.


Using salt to store the sun’s heat, the plant can operate without sunlight, running almost twice as long as other solar power plants. It’s only when the sun isn’t shining that the storage system affects power generation.

Andasol Solar Power Station

Climate-compatible power for people Andasol 1 delivers climate-compatible power for people. One vat holds relatively cool andsaol salt about degrees F or degrees C. This process almost doubles the number of operational hours at the solar thermal power plant per year. Andasol consists of 3 projects: Like every power plant with a thermal engine, cooling is needed for the working fluid.


The individual elements of this trough, the collectors, are rotated to track the Sun as it moves from east to west. Archived from the original on The extra heated oil is zndasol to a heat exchanger running between giant vats of molten salt. News Archives until Portal News. This oil andzsol heated to almost degrees, and the collected heat is then directed to a thermal transfer unit in which steam is generated at high temperature and pressure.

Parabolic trough plants AndaSol 1 & 2

Development of the actual collector technology was aided by the DLR taking a leading role in several projects sponsored by the German Environment Ministry. That salt is pumped into the heat andaso, where it picks up heat from the oil.


When setting up this system, it is also possible to use high-speed optical measuring processes developed by the DLR for precision production control of the parabolic collectors.

As well as Andasol 1, the first commercially operated power station of its kind, plans are well underway for a further two solar power station at the same location. A parabolic trough solar collector system can warm tubes of oil to tremendous temperatures.

Spain portal Sustainable development portal Renewable energy portal. There, it transfers its heat to the oil that will generate steam. Sunlight strikes some sort of solar collector — in this case, a field of parabolic-trough mirrors focused on tubes filled with oil, which warms to more than degrees Farenheit degrees Celsius.

When the power plant needs the stored heat, the hotter molten salt is pumped back through the heat exchanger. It could eventually rival the cost of natural-gas power. They did this on behalf of Solar Millennium AG, the project development company. Some plants are looking at using a more direct approach that skips the oil — they would both collect and store the sun’s heat in salt.