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This page provides information on Arenales, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Status Date: March 20, 2017
Project Overview
Project Name: Arenales
Country: Spain
Location: Morón de la Frontera
Owner(s): RREF/OHL (100%)
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 50.0 MW Gross: 50.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2013

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: Spain
City: Morón de la Frontera
Region: Sevilla
Lat/Long Location: 37°9′ 43.0″ North, 5°32′ 54.0″ West
Land Area: 220 hectares
Electricity Generation: 166,000 MWh/yr (Estimated)
Contact(s): SolarPACES
Break Ground: November 2011
Start Production: November 2013
PPA/Tariff Type: Real Decreto 661/2007
PPA/Tariff Rate: 27.0 Euro cents per kWh
PPA/Tariff Period: 25 years
PPA/Tariff Information: Feed-in Tariff
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): RREF/OHL
Owner(s) (%): RREF/OHL (100%)
EPC Contractor: Ecolaire España
Operator(s): OHL

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 510,120 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 936
# of Loops: 156
# of SCAs per Loop: 6
SCA Aperture Area: 545 m²
SCA Length: 96 m
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Siemens (SunField 6)
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs): 22,464
HCE Manufacturer (Model): Siemens (UVAC 2010)
HCE Type (Length): Evacuated (4 m)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Diphyl
HTF Company: LanXess
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 293°C
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 393°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 50.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 50.0 MW
Turbine Manufacturer: GE
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Wet cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 7 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Molten salts; 60% Sodium Nitrate, 40% Potassium Nitrate.