Abengoa builds solar power tower in South Africa

Abengoa and project partners Industrial Development Corp. (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust, completed construction of the Khi Solar One tower in South Africa.

The 224-yard concentrating solar power (CSP) tower was built in South Africa’s Northern Cape province near Upington.

Khi Solar One, a 50 MW superheated steam solar tower with two hours of thermal storage, uses higher temperatures and a dry cooling system. This advancement is the result of the R&D work done by Abengoa in its research centers and pilot plants, according to Abengoa.

Khi Solar One and KaXu Solar One, a 100 MW parabolic trough plant also under construction in the Northern Cape, will also be built in South Africa by Abengoa.

The South Africa Department of Energy intends to bring 17,800 MW online from renewable sources by 2030.

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