3 September 2013 – The 205 metre tall tower of the Khi Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) facility in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has seen its construction completed. The project is being undertaken by Abengoa together with project partners Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust.
Khi Solar One, a 50 MW superheated steam solar tower with two hours of thermal storage, represents an important technological advance in tower efficiency by using higher temperatures and an innovative dry cooling system. This advancement is the result of the R&D work done by Abengoa in its research centres and pilot plants.
Khi Solar One and KaXu Solar One, Abengoa’s 100 MW parabolic trough plant also under construction in the Northern Cape, will be the first concentrating solar power plants in operation in South Africa. The South Africa department of energy intends to bring 17,800 MW online from renewable sources by 2030.
Abengoa designs, constructs and operates its own plants, and is one of the few companies that use both parabolic trough and tower technology. It currently has 21 plants in operation with a total installed capacity of 843 MW, as well as 810 MW under construction worldwide.