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Alba Nova 1

This page provides information on ALBA NOVA 1, a concentrating solar power (CSP) demonstration project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. ALBA NOVA 1 is the first Linear Fresnel Reflector (LFR) power plant in France. Located in Ghisonaccia in Corsica, ALBA NOVA 1 will enter in operations in 2014. ALBA NOVA 1 will generate 12 megawatts of electricity at full output to help meet Corsica peak demand.

Status Date: August 28, 2014
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Project Overview
Project Name: Alba Nova 1
Country: France
Location: Ghisonaccia
(Corsica Island)
Owner(s): Solar Euromed (100%)
Technology: Linear Fresnel reflector
Turbine Capacity: Net: 12.0 MW Gross: 12.0 MW
Status: Under construction
Start Year: 2015

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Technology: Linear Fresnel reflector
Status: Under construction
Country: France
City: Ghisonaccia
Region: Corsica Island
Lat/Long Location: 42°0′ 56.0″ North, 9°26′ 57.0″ East
Land Area: 23 hectares
Solar Resource: 1,800 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource: Meteo Station
Electricity Generation: 25,000 MWh/yr (Estimated)
Contact(s): Simon Benmarraze
Company: Solar Euromed
Break Ground: October 2013
Start Production: August 2015
Construction Job-Years: 150
Annual O&M Jobs: 12
PPA/Tariff Period: 20 years
Project Type: Demonstration
Incentives: French Tender for Solar Energy


Developer(s): Solar Euromed
Owner(s) (%): Solar Euromed (100%)
EPC Contractor: Habtoor Leighton Specon
Operator(s): Solar Euromed
Generation Offtaker(s): EDF

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 140,000 m²
# of Lines: 21
Line Length: 750 m
# of Mirrors across Line: 12
Collector Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Collector Description: Linear Fresnel Reflectors
Mirror Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Receiver Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Receiver Type: Non-evacuated
Receiver Length: 750 m
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Water
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 300°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 12.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 12.0 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure: 65.0 bar
Cooling Method: Dry cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: Other
Storage Capacity: 1 hour
Thermal Storage Description: Ruths tank