World’s First

The largest Solar Thermal power facility in EuropeLocated in eastern Andalusia, in the province of Granada, Spain, the Andasol solar power station is Europe’s first commercial parabolic trough solar thermal power plant. Occupies about 200 hectares of land, it is comprised of three power plants, namely Andasol 1, 2 and 3. The three plants constitute the largest solar power station in the world. Its name is a combination of Andalusia and Sol (sun in Spanish).Because of the high altitude (1,100 m) and the semi-arid climate, the site has exceptionally high annual direct insolation of 2,200 kWh/m² per year. Each plant has a gross electricity output of 50 megawatts, producing around 180 gigawatt-hours per year. Each collector has a surface of 51 hectares equal to 70 soccer fields. Andasol 1 is able to supply environmentally friendly solar electricity for up to 200,000 people. The entire cost of the project is around €900m.

Andasol 3 is the third solar thermal power plant to be installed by Solar Millennium. The neighbouring projects Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 are already connected to the grid. The power plants have a collector surface area of over 1.5 million sq m – equal to the surface area of approximately 210 football fields – thus making it the largest solar energy site in Europe. The expected gross energy production for each power plant is 170 gigawatt hours of green energy a year. This represents a saving of approximately 450,000 tones of carbon dioxide as compared to conventional electricity generation. for more detailed information please click here. Republished from…

2 thoughts on “World’s First

  1. That is extraordinary, a very exciting alternative! I am currently in Afghanistan and am seeing incredible poverty, though I was surprised to see a solar panel!! Right in the middle of a village where the houses has no glass on the windows. It would be great to see the Afghans bypass the hiddeous excesses and mistakes of the ‘first world’. They have dammed the Kabul River and gain most electricity from that but the electricity is off and on at odd times everywhere and most people have a petrol fuelled generator.

  2. Hellen,

    Great to have support in Afghanistan for Australian Big Solar Thermal. A solar PV panel in your neck of the woods would stand out. Perhaps it fell off the back of a military truck. It is good for the locals to see that important things can be done with small devices even if they don’t fully comprehend the workings. Few cultures bypass the ‘hideous excesses’ of our first world. While cultures are different the world over, basic human nature seems to be universally the same. That exemplifies our struggles.

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