By Dr. Heather Johnstone
Hanas New Energy Group has started constructing its integrated solar
combined-cycle (ISCC) trough solar power plant in Gaoshawo, Ningxia
The project is described as the first ISCC solar demonstration project in
Asia, and is expected to be operational by 2013.
Hanas is building the 92.5 MW, $350m plant in collaboration with North China
Power Engineering and Germany's Siemens.
The power station represents an alternative to traditional trough solar
power generation by combining the solar technology with gas turbines to
maximise the utilization of solar power resources.
Hanas claims that this will increase the thermal efficiency of the whole
plant to 80 per cent.
According to the company, the plant's output will be able to follow grid
demand, making it more like a traditional thermal power plant, allowing for
easier grid connection and management.
The ISCC plant will be operated at a daily load of between 30 per cent and
100 per cent, says Hanas.
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