Washington, D.C., United States — Abengoa Solar this week, was awarded a contract for developing a state-of-the-art power tower together with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The Abengoa Solar project aims to develop a new solar power tower technology featuring a receiver and storage system to enable electricity production even when solar energy is not available. The system will be made up of a circular field of heliostats that will reflect solar radiation onto a central receiver where the heat will be concentrated.
“Thanks to the boost given by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the development of new technologies, we are going to have the chance to develop a new generation of solar power towers, which will enable us to be more efficient by producing more energy with the same number of megawatts installed,” said Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar.
A portion of this heat will be used directly to generate steam, producing electricity inside the turbine, while the other part will be stored to be utilized for producing electricity whenever it is needed.
During the announcement of the awards, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said that “developing low-cost, renewable energy generation is crucial to meeting our nation’s increasing demands for electricity,” and, “by investing in the development of low-cost solar technologies we can create new jobs and pave the way towards a clean-energy future.”