Kathu solar plant starts up in South Africa
08 February, 2019
ENGIE’s 100MW Kathu concentrated solar plant in the Northern Cape province of South Africa has started commercial operations.
Construction of the complex began in 2016 and was carried out by Acciona Industrial and Sener.
Kathu uses Sener’s parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system, which allows heat to be stored and converted into electricity which can be dispatched to the grid when needed, even at night.
The Kathu project is part of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Programme 2010 that aims to increase its power generation capacity to 86.8GW by 2030, with 24% coming from renewable sources.
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