Solar receiver installed for Chile's Cerro Dominador CSP project
Inside of the central tower of the Cerro Dominador CSP project. Image courtesy of Cerro Dominador
The Cerro Dominador concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Chile’s Atacama Desert hit a milestone this week when the receiver was raised and installed at the top of the tower.
The 2,300-tonne solar receiver was assembled at the base of the tower, then placed inside the tower’s cavity and lifted to a height of 220 metres (721.8 ft) using 16 hydraulic jacks. The ascent rate did not go above 5 metres per hour due to safety requirements and technical complexities, the project company Cerro Dominador said in a press release.
Cerro Dominador consists of a 100-MW photovoltaic (PV) component, in commercial operation since February 2018, 110 MW of CSP and 17.5 hours of storage in molten salts.
The central tower is surrounded by 10,600 heliostats pointing at the now installed receiver.
The project is owned by Washington-based private equity firm EIG Global Energy Partners, while Spanish companies Abengoa SA (BME:ABG) and Acciona SA (BME:ANA) are in charge of the construction.
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