California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Ausra Inc. has been selected as the solar steam boiler supplier for the proposed 100-megawatt JOAN1 concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project currently under development in Ma’an, Jordan. The project will also include a back-up fossil-fuel boiler to guarantee 24-hour dispatchable electric power. The project is expected to enter operation in 2013 and will be the largest CSP project in the world using direct solar steam generation.
Ausra’s selection as the solar boiler provider was announced in Berlin during SolarPACES, the CSP industry’s largest conference. Ausra was selected as the solar steam system provider after a competitive tender offer.
JOAN1 will rely on Ausra’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector technology to power the plant’s solar steam cycle and generate up to 100 MW of electricity. The project will use dry cooling to conserve water.
Ausra plans to install an advanced manufacturing facility in Jordan in order to supply JOAN1 with its solar steam boilers. The project is scheduled for financial close in the fourth quarter of 2010, with construction beginning in early 2011.