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Jülich Solar Tower

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

Status Date: February 12, 2013
Project Overview
Project Name: Jülich Solar Tower
Country: Germany
Location: Jülich
Owner(s): DLR (100%)
Technology: Power tower
Turbine Capacity: Net: 1.5 MW Gross: 1.5 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2008

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Technology: Power tower
Status: Operational
Country: Germany
City: Jülich
Region: Rhineland
Lat/Long Location: 50°54′ 54.0″ North, 6°23′ 16.0″ East
Land Area: 17 hectares
Solar Resource: 902 kWh/m2/yr
Source of Solar Resource: DLR
Contact(s): SolarPACES
Break Ground: July 31, 2007
Start Production: December 2008
Project Type: Demonstration


Developer(s): Kraftanlagen München ; German Aerospace Center, Solar-Institute Jülich
Owner(s) (%): DLR (100%)
EPC Contractor: Kraftanlagen München
Operator(s): DLR

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Heliostat Solar-Field Aperture Area: 17,650 m²
# of Heliostats: 2,153
Heliostat Aperture Area: 8.2 m²
Tower Height: 60 m
Receiver Manufacturer: Kraftanlagen München
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Air
Receiver Outlet Temp: 680C

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 1.5 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 1.5 MW
Turbine Manufacturer: Siemens
Cooling Method: Dry cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: Other
Storage Capacity: 1.5 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Ceramic heat sink