SENER and ACCIONA winners at the African Utility Week Awards for Kathu Solar Park project
Johannesburg (South Africa): The engineering and technology group SENER and ACCIONA, long established companies with a strong presence in Africa, together with Kathu Solar Park RF PTY LTD, have won the Sustainable Renewable Energy Project (10MW+) Award for Kathu Solar Park project at the 2019 African Utility Week Industry Awards held in Cape Town on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.
Kathu Solar Park is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Independent Power Producer project currently on commercial operation that was officially inaugurated in the Northern Cape Region, in South Africa, last April 2019. Cutting-edge energy generation and storage technology is pumping 100MW into the national grid and providing clean and reliable energy to 179,000 households in the Northern Cape.
Thanks to this dispatchable supply, the plant will prevent the emission of six million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 20 years. During construction, the main focus has been to ensure that Kathu Solar Park, through the EPC consortium SENER and ACCIONA, was able to make a positive and enduring difference through innovation and technology, with high efficiency and performance to deliver energy to the South African grid particularly during the evening peak.
To achieve this, Kathu Solar Park uses the SENERtrough®-2 parabolic trough technology equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows for 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to provide reliable electricity in the absence of solar radiation, after sunset and with cloudy weather. Further information.