(ADPnews) – Jul 15, 2010 – Italy's power giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) inaugurated on Wednesday in Priolo Gargallo, Syracuse, its Archimede thermodynamic solar power station.
Archimede is the world's first power station that fully integrates a combined-cycle gas plant with a thermodynamic solar power plant for production of electricity. It is also the first power plant that uses innovative salts as heat transfer fluid. The molten salts used are a mixture of sodium nitrate and potassium which allow accumulation and preservation of heat for a long time.
The facility is capable of collecting and preserving for a number of hours the sun's thermal power in order to use it for electricity generation. The plant also works at night and in cloudy weather conditions.
Italy's national agency for new technologies, energy and environment, ENEA, has developed the special technology used at the Priolo plant.