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Xina Solar One

Abengoa has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) of South Africa to develop Xina Solar One, a 100 MW parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts. This project will form the largest solar complex in Africa together with Abengoa’s plant KaXu Solar One that is currently under construction in the country. Xina Solar One was awarded to Abengoa in the third round of renewable energy projects organized by the Department of Energy of South Africa.

Status Date: October 18, 2017
Project Overview
Project Name: Xina Solar One
Country: South Africa
Location: Pofadder
(Northern Cape Province)
Owner(s): Abengoa Solar
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 100.0 MW Gross: 100.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2017

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: South Africa
City: Pofadder
Region: Northern Cape Province
Electricity Generation: 400,000 MWh/yr (Estimated)
Generation Data Explanation: Xina Solar One will produce the energy to power approximately 90,000 households
Contact(s): Webmaster
Break Ground: December 2014
Start Production: August 16, 2017
Cost (approx): 880 USD million


Developer(s): Abengoa Solar
Owner(s) (%): Abengoa Solar
Generation Offtaker(s): Eskom

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

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
Cooling Method: Dry cooling

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: 2-tank indirect
Storage Capacity: 5.5 hours
Thermal Storage Description: Molten salt