SCHOTT Inaugurates Solar Receiver Plant

SCHOTT Solar inaugurated its new plant for solar receivers in Aznalcollar, a city near Seville, Spain. These absorber tubes are a key component of solar thermal parabolic trough power plants. EUR 25 million [US $39 million] has been invested in the new facility. The annual production volume corresponds to a power plant capacity of up to 200 megawatts (MW).

SCHOTT Solar has now succeeded in doubling its receiver manufacturing capacity. The company began operating its first industrial manufacturing plant for solar receivers in Mitterteich, Bavaria, in 2006.

“By the end of 2008, we intend to set up a second line in Aznalcóllar and, therefore, double our manufacturing capacity at this site. In addition, we are now in the process of building a third receiver plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and plan to begin manufacturing here in 2009,” said Dr. Martin Heming, Managing Director of SCHOTT Solar.