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South African CSP plant manages round-the-clock operation

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Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power has revealed that its Bokpoort concentrating solar power (CSP) plant – located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa – has become the first such facility on the continent to complete a full week of continuous round the clock operation.

Bokpoort CSP set the new benchmark by achieving 13 days (312 hours) of continuous operations in October, almost double the previous record it had set in 2016. According to ACWA, the milestone was made possible by managing 9.3 hours of the thermal salt storage system overnight, which allowed for a perfectly timed transition to the solar field every morning.

The 50 MW CSP plant with thermal storage commenced operations in 2016.

Photo: ACWA Power

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Journal title: Energy World

Countries: South Africa -

Organisation: ACWA Power

Subjects: Concentrated Solar Power -

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