Big day for CSP as Gemasolar feeds the grid for 24 hours

Gemasolar fed power to the grid for 24 hours in a CSP first

Gemasolar fed power to the grid for 24 hours in a CSP first

Torresol’s Gemasolar power-tower installation has become the world's first concentrating solar power (CSP) plant to feed an uninterrupted supply of electricity into the grid over 24 hours.

Gemasolar reached the solar-energy milestone less than two months after it was commissioned in Andalusia by Torresol – a joint venture between Masdar and Spanish construction giant Sener.

After commissioning in May, the plant was finally ready to operate at full-blast in late June and benefited from a particularly sunny stretch of weather, according to Diego Ramirez, director of production at Torresol.

“The high performance of the installations coincided with several days of excellent solar radiation, which made it possible for the hot-salt storage tank to reach full capacity," Ramirez explains.

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