Enel starts up its Archimede plant in world first for CSP

Enel chief executive Fulvio Conti, top right, shakes hands with Russian official Boris Kovalchuk, as Italian Premier Silvio Berusconi applauds right, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stands beside him after signing an agreement

Enel chief executive Fulvio Conti, top right, shakes hands with Russian official Boris Kovalchuk, as Italian Premier Silvio Berusconi applauds right, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stands beside him after signing an agreement

Italian utility giant Enel has started up its Archimede concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Priolo Gargallo, near Syracuse, Sicily.

The 5MW demonstration plant is the first in the world to use molten salts rather than synthetic oil as the heat transfer fluid.

The facility consists of both a combined-cycle gas facility and a parabolic trough CSP plant, as well as storage using tanks of molten salt, which allow continuous operation throughout the night and during cloudy weather conditions.

The technology used in the Priolo plant was developed by Italian government agency Enea and Archimede Solar Energy, a joint venture between Angelantoni Industrie and Siemens Log in to read complete article.

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