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Extension, Test and Qualification of EUROTROUGH from 4 to 6 Segments at Plataforma Solar de Almeria

Project ID: ERK6-CT-1999-00018
Funded under: FP5-EESD


The project EUROTROUGH II "Extension, Test and Qualification of EUROTROUGH from 4 to 6 Segments at Plataforma Solar de Almeria" has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of large solar parabolic trough collectors with an aperture area of 817.5 square metres per unit and has contributed to further cost reduction of this technology for large-scale solar electricity generation.
Under the actual global developments towards sustainable technology, clean energy and CO2-emission reduction, a number of challenging solar thermal power projects are coming up. The successful outcome of the EUROTROUGH II qualification positions the European labs and industry in the leading field of high performance parabolic trough technology. The overall objective of the programme was to lower the generation costs of solar thermal electricity. The consortium partners are developing projects for 50 MW solar power plants in Spain and Greece. They will exploit the results of the EUROTROUGH II project to equip the solar fields with commercial scale EUROTROUGH collector loops.
Within the EUROTROUGH II project the focus was mainly on the objective to extend the total collector length from today's 100m state-of-the-art to 150m to reduce the number of drive pylons, tracking mechanisms, controllers and flexible joints of a solar field accordingly by 33% without performance losses.

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