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Augustin Fresnel 1

This page provides information on AUGUSTIN FRESNEL 1, a concentrating solar power (CSP) pilot project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration. AUGUSTIN FRESNEL 1 is a Linear Fresnel Reflector (LFR) project. Located in Targassonne in the South of France, AUGUSTIN FRESNEL 1 began construction in August 2011 and entered in operations in January 2012.

Status Date: May 8, 2014
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Project Overview
Project Name: Augustin Fresnel 1
Country: France
Location: Targassonne
Owner(s): Solar Euromed (100%)
Technology: Linear Fresnel reflector
Turbine Capacity: Net: 0.25 MW Gross: 0.25 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2012

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Technology: Linear Fresnel reflector
Status: Operational
Country: France
City: Targassonne
Region: Pyreneans
Lat/Long Location: 42°30′ 4.0″ North, 1°58′ 20.0″ East
Land Area: 1 hectares
Solar Resource: 1,800 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource: Meteo Station
Contact(s): Simon Benmarraze
Company: Solar Euromed
Break Ground: August 1, 2011
Start Production: January 1, 2012
Construction Job-Years: 10
Annual O&M Jobs: 3
Project Type: Prototype
Incentives: French Goverment Co-funding


Developer(s): Solar Euromed
Owner(s) (%): Solar Euromed (100%)
EPC Contractor: Solar Euromed
Operator(s): Solar Euromed

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 400 m²
# of Lines: 1
Line Length: 40 m
# of Mirrors across Line: 12
Collector Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Collector Description: Liner Fresnel Reflectors
Mirror Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Mirror Manufacturer (Model) : (AF1)
Receiver Manufacturer (Model) : Solar Euromed (AF1)
Receiver Type: Non-evacuated
Receiver Length: 40 m
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Water
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 300°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 0.25 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 0.25 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure: 100.0 bar
Cooling Method: Dry cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: Other
Storage Capacity: 0.25 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Ruths tank