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This page provides information on Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. Gemasolar is the first high-temperature solar receiver with molten salt, which provides 15 hours of thermal storage and an annual capacity factor of about 55%.

                                    

Project Overview
Project Name:Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant (Gemasolar)
Country:Spain
Location:Fuentes de Andalucía (Andalucía (Sevilla))
Owner(s):MASDAR (40%) 
Sener (60%)
Technology:Power tower
Turbine Capacity:Net: 19.9 MW Gross: 19.9 MW
Status:Operational
Start Year:2011

                                                                                                                                                                              

Background
Technology:Power tower
Status:Operational
Country:Spain
City:Fuentes de Andalucía
Region:Andalucía (Sevilla)
Lat/Long Location:37°33′ 44.95″ North, 5°19′ 49.39″ West
Land Area:195 hectares
Solar Resource:2,100 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource:Sener
Electricity Generation:80,000 MWh/yr
Break Ground:2009/2/1
Start Production:2011/4/1
Cost (approx):230,000,000 Euro
Construction Job-Years:800
Annual O&M Jobs:45
Participants
Developer(s):Torresol Energy
Owner(s) (%):MASDAR (40%) 
Sener (60%)
EPC Contractor:UTE C.T. Solar Tres
Operator(s):Torresol O&M
Heliostat Manufacturer:Sener
Heliostat Drive Manufacturer:Sener
Receiver Manufacturer:Sener
Solar Field
Heliostat Solar-Field  Aperture Area:304,750 m²
# of Heliostats:2,650
Heliostat Aperture Area:120.0 m²
Heliostat Description:Sheet metal stamped facet
Tower Height:140 m
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type:Molten salts (sodium and potassium nitrates)
Receiver Inlet Temp:290C
Receiver Outlet Temp:565C
Receiver Temp. Difference:275C
Power Block
Turbine Capacity (Gross):19.9 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net):19.9 MW
Output Type:Steam Rankine
Cooling Method:Wet cooling
Thermal Storage
Storage Type:2-tank direct
Storage Capacity:15 hour(s)
Thermal Storage Description:One cold-salts tank (290ºC) from  where salts are pumped to the tower receiver and heated up to 565ºC, to be  stored in one hot-salts tank (565ºC). Annual equivalent hours = 5,000.


*Reference from NREL

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