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KaXu Solar One

This page provides information on KaXu Solar One, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, parcipants and power plant configuration.

Status Date: April 14, 2015
Project Overview
Project Name: KaXu Solar One
Country: South Africa
Location: Poffader
(Northern Cape)
Owner(s): Abengoa Solar (51%)
IDC (49%)
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 100.0 MW Gross: 100.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2015

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: South Africa
City: Poffader
Region: Northern Cape
Lat/Long Location: 28°54′ 6.0″ South, 19°37′ 15.0″ East
Electricity Generation: 330,000 MWh/yr (Expected)
Contact(s): Webmaster Solar
Company: Abengoa Solar
Break Ground: November 2012
Start Production: March 2, 2015
Cost (approx): 860 USD million
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): Abengoa Solar - IDC
Owner(s) (%): Abengoa Solar (51%)
IDC (49%)
EPC Contractor: Abener - Teyma
Generation Offtaker(s): Eskom

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 800,000 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 1,200
# of Loops: 300
# of SCAs per Loop: 4
# of Modules per SCA: 10
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Abengoa Solar (E2)
Mirror Manufacturer: Rioglass
HCE Manufacturer (Model): Schott (PTR70)
HCE Type (Length): Evacuated (4 m)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Thermal oil

Power Block

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

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 2.5 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Molten salts