Andasol Solar Power Station

The Andasol solar power station is a 150-megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power station and Europe's first commercial plant to use parabolic troughs. It is located near Guadix in Andalusia, Spain, and its name is a portmanteau of Andalusia and Sol (Sun in Spanish). The Andasol plant uses tanks of molten salt as thermal energy storage to continue generating electricity, irrespective of whether the sun is shining or not.

Andasol Solar Power Station
Andasol Solar Power Station
Official nameCentral Termosolar Andasol
Locationnear Guadix, Granada
Coordinates37°13′03″N 3°03′41″W / 37.2175°N 3.0614°W / 37.2175; -3.0614
Commission date2009
Owner(s)Cubico Sustainable Investments (Andasol 1&2)[1]
Stadtwerke München
MAN Ferrostaal
Solar farm
CSP technologyParabolic trough
Site resource2,136 kWh/m2/yr[2]
Site area600 hectares (1,483 acres)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity149.7 MW
Capacity factor37.7%[3]
Annual net output495 GWh[4]
Storage capacity1,123 MW·he
External links
CommonsRelated media on Commons

Description Edit

Andasol is the first parabolic trough power plant in Europe, and Andasol 1 went online in March 2009. Because of the high altitude (1,100 m) and the semi-arid climate, the site has exceptionally high annual direct insolation of 2,200 kWh/m2 per year.[5] Each plant has a gross electricity output of 50 megawatts (MWe) and 49.9 MWe net, producing around 165 gigawatt-hours (GW·h) per year. The collectors installed have a combined surface area of 51 hectares (equal to 70 soccer fields); it occupies about 200 ha of land.[5]

Andasol has a thermal storage system which absorbs part of the heat produced in the solar field during the day. This heat is then stored in a molten salt mixture of 60% sodium nitrate and 40% potassium nitrate. This process almost doubles the number of operational hours at the solar thermal power plant per year.[6] Each unit fully loaded storage system holds 1,010 MW·ht of heat, enough to run the turbine and produce electricity for about 7.5 hours at full-load, in case of overcast skies or after sunset. The heat reservoirs each consist of two tanks measuring 14 m in height and 36 m in diameter and containing molten salt. Andasol 1 is able to supply environmentally friendly solar electricity for up to 200,000 people.[6][7]

Andasol consists of 3 projects: Andasol-1[2] (completed 2008), Andasol-2[8] (completed 2009) and Andasol-3[9] (completed 2011). Each project generates approximately 165 GW-h each per year (a total of 495 GW-h for all three combined).[4] The total cost of building the three projects was estimated to €900 million.[10][unreliable source?]

Rationale Edit

Andasol 1 cost around €300 million (US$380 million) to build.[11] Thermal energy storage costs roughly US$50 per kWh of capacity (150 lbs of salt per kWh at a storage temperature of 400 °C), according to Greg Glatzmaier of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), totaling about 13% of Andasol's initial cost.[11]

The developers say Andasol's electricity will cost €0.271 per kilowatt-hour (kW·h) to produce.[12] Under current government policy in Spain, solar-thermal electricity will receive a feed-in tariff of just under €0.27/kW·h for the next 25 years.[7]

Like every power plant with a thermal engine, cooling is needed for the working fluid. As Andasol is built in the warm middle of the south of Spain, every Andasol unit vaporizes 870.000 m³ water per year (according to the developer), or 5 L/kWh (1.3 USgal/kWh). Most power plants vaporize less water (typically less than 2.5 L/kWh), or close to none if they are cooled by river or sea water.[13][14] Although water supply is generally a problem in Spain, Andasol has ample supply due to its location near the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Developers Andasol 1 & 2 Edit

Satellite images of the site.

The developer of the Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 plants are Solar Millennium (25%) and ACS Cobra (75%). After planning, engineering and construction Solar Millennium sold their shares to ACS Group.

In 2017, the two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Deutsche Asset Management's infrastructure investment business, and the Spanish construction company Cobra Sistemas y Redes, sold full ownership to Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited.[1]

In 2018, the ICSID – the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes – issued a ruling that required Spain to pay €112 million to Antin Infrastructure Partners, which had claimed €218 million over the cuts to renewable energies subsidies in 2010.[15]

Developers Andasol 3 Edit

Andasol 3 is developed by the consortium of Solar Millennium and MAN Ferrostaal. Marquesado Solar SL is the investor consortium which is going to commission and operate Andasol 3. Shareholders of Marquesado Solar SL are:

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Cubico completes acquisition of Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 concentrated solar power plants in Spain". Protermosolar. 27 July 2017. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b (NREL) Andasol-1
  3. ^ Baseload (24/7) Solar is here! Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Annual report of Stadtwerke München, page 16 Archived 2013-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "AndaSol — EU Project". FLAGSOL GmbH. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  6. ^ a b "Andasol 1 Goes Into Operation". 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  7. ^ a b "Andasol: The World's Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Project Development in Andalucia (Spain)" (PDF). Solar Millennium. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  8. ^ (NREL) Andasol-2
  9. ^ (NREL) Andasol-3
  10. ^ "The Andasol Solar Power Station Project".
  11. ^ a b Biello, David (18 February 2009). "How to Use Solar Energy at Night". Scientific American. Retrieved 2009-10-18.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Lower cost of production is actually a by-product of Andasol 1's energy-storage". CSP Today. October 6, 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  13. ^ "Cooling power plants". Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  14. ^ Consumptive Water Use for U.S. Power Production
  15. ^ Abuín, E. (21 June 2018). "España indemnizará con 112 millones a Antin por dos plantas solares granadinas". (in Spanish). Joly Digital. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Andasol 3 solar thermal project attracts utility investors". Power Engineering. PennWell Corporation. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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