February 18 (Renewables Now) - Sweden-based solar thermal power specialist Azelio AB today said it is expanding its testing facilities for product verification and opening an office in Morocco.
Gothenburg-based Azelio, previously known as Cleanergy, has developed and offers a system of Stirling engine-based concentrated solar power (CSP) with thermal energy storage. The subsystem for thermal energy storage was validated in a demonstration plant in June 2018, but has not yet been commercially applied yet.
The company today announced that a full-scale verification project will be built in Morocco by the end of the year, in partnership with its strategic partner, Moroccan state-controlled agency for sustainable energy Masen. Azelio is opening the office in Morocco in order to work closely together with Masen and Moroccan suppliers.
The verification project should be followed by Azelio's first market installation, planned for 2020.
The company is focusing mainly on areas in the sun belt with no electricity or weak grid connections. It offers a production unit with dimensions of 25x25 meters and a nominal effect of 13 kWh that can be scaled with additional production units to reach the desired capacity. Azelio’s storage solution uses aluminium alloy and has a storage capacity of 13 hours of electricity production.
The company currently has about 90 employees, headquartered in Gothenburg with production in Uddevalla and development centres in Gothenburg and Åmål, as well as international presence in China, Spain and Morocco. In December 2018, Azelio listed on Nasdaq First North.