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Borges Termosolar

The Borges Termosolar project is a 22.5 MW hybrid CSP-Biomass plant being built in the north-east of Spain and it’s the first commercial plant of its kind. The CSP plant is hybridized with two biomass units (2 x 22 MW thermal) that supply the required thermal energy to the power block enabling the electrical production with low or with absence of solar irradiation, increasing the overall efficiency, allowing a continuous operation of the steam turbine (by avoiding daily start-up’s and shut downs) and therefore, making possible a better use of the thermal block as well as the electrical infrastructure of the plant. The plant is able to produce electricity around-the-clock in a dispatchable way by the use of renewable sources (solar and biomass). The plant uses a combination of waste forest biomass (main fuel) and energy crops.

Status Date: September 27, 2013
Project Overview
Project Name: Borges Termosolar
Country: Spain
Location: Les Borges Blanques
Owner(s): Abantia (50%)
Comsa EMTE (50%)
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 22.5 MW Gross: 25.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2012

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: Spain
City: Les Borges Blanques
Region: Lleida
Lat/Long Location: 41°31′ 44.0″ North, 0°47′ 60.0″ East
Land Area: 96 hectares
Electricity Generation: 98,000 MWh/yr (Estimated)
Contact(s): David Morell
Company: Abantia
Break Ground: March 2011
Start Production: December 2012
Cost (approx): 153,000,000 Euros
Annual O&M Jobs: 30
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): Abantia
Owner(s) (%): Abantia (50%)
Comsa EMTE (50%)
EPC Contractor: Abantia & Comsa EMTE

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 183,120 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 336
# of Loops: 56
# of SCAs per Loop: 6
SCA Aperture Area: 545 m²
SCA Length: 96 m
# of Modules per SCA: 8
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Siemens (SunField 6)
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs): 8,064
HCE Manufacturer (Model): Siemens (UVAC 2010)
HCE Type (Length): Evacuated (4 m)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Thermal Oil
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 293°C
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 393°C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 25.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 22.5 MW
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Wet cooling
Cooling Method Description: Cooling Tower
Turbine Efficiency: 37% @ full load
Fossil Backup Type: Biomass (2x22MWt)

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: None