Abengoa's Khi CSP tower up

Abengoa's PS20 plant, near Seville, is the world’s largest existing power-tower project.

Abengoa's PS20 plant, near Seville, is the world’s largest existing power-tower project.

Spanish infrastructure giant Abengoa has commissioned the 205m-tall receiver tower at its 50MW Khi Solar One in South Africa, sticking to a construction timeline that will see the concentrating solar power (CSP) project finished by 2016.

Khi Solar One is likely to be just the second CSP plant commissioned on the African continent following the under-construction 160MW Noor 1 in Morocco – and the first based on “power tower” technology.

Noor 1 – like the 100MW KaXu Solar One which Abengoa is building three hours from the Khi Solar One site in South Africa’s Northern Cape – is based on the more widely deployed parabolic-trough CSP technology.

The performance of Abengoa in South Africa, where it was awarded the Khi and KaXu projects in late 2011, is of huge importance to the global Log in to read complete article.

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