Erlangen, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Siemens Energy has received an order to supply solar receivers for a solar thermal power plant in Les Borges Blanques in the province of Lleida in Northeastern Spain.
A consortium between Abantia and Comsa EMTE will act as Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractors to develop the plant while Siemens will deliver its Universal Vacuum Air Collector (UVAC) solar receivers. The start up of the plant is expected in 2012.
“This is the first major solar power component purchase in Spain subsequent to the release of the most recent Royal Decree”, said Avi Brenmiller, CEO of Siemens Concentrated Solar Power Ltd.
Siemens has announced investments in Israel for expansion of capacity for the production of solar thermal components and will create over 150 new jobs. The new facility is expected to go on-line in 2012. “This expansion of production capacity in Israel will enable us to meet the increasing demand for solar thermal components”, added Brenmiller.
Until 2020, the market for solar thermal power plants will show annual double-digit growth rates and attain a volume of over €20 billion. Primary focal growth regions are expected to emerge from North Africa, South Africa, the Middle East, Australia, India, Spain and the US, the company says.