Khi Solar One near Upington achieves a technological milestone
Abengoa, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Khi Community Trust, has successfully completed 24 consecutive hours of commercial solar thermal power plant operation, solely powered by solar energy, in its Khi Solar One plant near Upington.
According to Abengoa, the 50 MW, steam-driven solar thermal plant which recently began commercial operation in early February 2016, supplies enough clean energy to power around 45 000 South African households.
The plant accumulates steam at high temperatures and pressure, and allows for the generation of electricity after sunset for two hours at full capacity. However, the plant can operate for much longer into the night when not producing at full capacity, and the recent production of electricity for 24 hours using only the steam generated through solar energy is a milestone in innovation for Abengoa.
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