EURELIOS, THE 1 MW(EL) HELIOELECTRIC POWER PLANT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Eurelios, the 1 MW-(el) solar power plant, is a project sponsored by the Commission of the European Communities. This plant, of the mirror field and central receiver type, was designed and built by a Consortium of European industries. Construction of the plant was completed by the end of 1980, and it was connected to the grid of the Italian National Electricity Generating Board, ENEL., at Adrano, Sicily (Italy), in April 1981, ENEL is the operator of the plant and its co-proprietor, along with the Commission of the European Communities. Within the framework of its Solar Energy R&D Program, the Commission of the European communities decided in 1976 to build a large capacity experimental helioelectric power plant. In order to take advantage of the high exergetic potential of solar energy, it was decided to use high working fluid temperatures achieved by means of the high concentration factor available in a power tower system. At that time, first evaluation studies indicated the investment and energy cost cross-over point between distributed systems and power towers to be about 500-700 kW, and so 1 MW-(el) seemed to represent a reasonable plant size. A European Industrial Consortium, consisting of Ansaldo SpA and Ente Nazionale per l'Energia Elettrica (ENEL), Italy; Cethal (combining Renault, Five-Cail-Babcock, Saint-Gobain, Pont-a-Mousson and Heurtey S.A.), France; and MESSERSCHMITT-BOELKOW-BLOHM (MBB), Federal Republic of Gemrany, was set up for the design and construction of the plant. These firms completed the definition of the overall system and the engineering design specifications for all subsystems of the plant, including the construction and testing of prototype models, by November 1978. Completion of the construction of the plant was scheduled for the end of 1980; this date was maintained. The power plant is sited at Adrano, a village 40 km west electricity into the grid of ENEL, which operates the plant and is its co-proprietor together with the Commission of the European Communities.
Bibliographic Reference: JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING, VOL. 106 (1984), PP. 66-77
Record Number: 1989123041000 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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