The Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Storage System is a 50,000kW energy storage project located in Globershoop, Northern Cape, South Africa.

The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2015.

Description

The Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Plant – Molten Salt Thermal Storage System was developed by Acwa Power International. The project is owned by ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort CSP Power Plant Pty (100%), a subsidiary of ACWA Power International.

The key application of the project is renewables capacity firming : renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

ACWA Power International and ACWA Power Solafrica Bokpoort CSP Power Plant Pty have delivered the project.

Additional information

The Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project is located in Bokpoort, approximately 25km north of Groblershoop in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. The independent power project (IPP) is being developed as part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP procurement programme (REIPP). Construction of the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Independent Power Project (IPP) has begun in Northern Cape Province. The project was selected from 79 projects by the Department of Energy of South Africa and was the only CSP technology project among them.

About ACWA Power International

ACWA Power International (ACWA Power) is a power generation company. It is engaged in providing power and desalinated water at low cost efficiently. It also supplies electricity and potable water to its customers. It generates power through coal, oil, gas, thermal, solar and wind technologies. ACWA Power also offers operation and maintenance services to power and water desalination industry through its subsidiary, the First National Operations & Maintenance Company. The company has operations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. ACWA Power is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methodology

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