92.5 MW CSP plant planned for China

25. October 2011 | Applications & Installations, Industry & Suppliers, Top News | By:  Becky Stuart

Hanas New Energy Group has begun construction on a concentrated solar power (CSP) project in China’s Gaoshawo town, in Yanchi county, Ningxia. It is said to be the first project of its kind in Asia.

parabolic troughs

An ISCC plant uses solar thermal collectors, typically in the form of parabolic troughs. Image: Wikipedia/David Shankbone.

The plant, which has a planned capacity of 92.5 megawatts and is utilizing integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) technology, is expected to be online by October 2013. Hanas is investing the required RMB2.25 billion (around US$346 million), while North China Power Engineering and Siemens are working on its construction.

In a statement released, Hanas explained, "…the power station represents an alternative to the traditional trough solar power generation by adding storage facilities and co-operating with combustion turbines for maximizing utilization of solar power resources."

Construction on the ISCC plant started on October 12. Zhao Xiaoping, vice chairman of Ningxia, Taoyuan, vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Ningxia, and Ma Fuqiang, president of Hanas, attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

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