Swiss technology company ABB has won a contract to supply an integrated automation solution for a 100MW Urat solar energy project in China.
Located in Inner Mongolia province, the plant will save around 90,000 tonnes of coal each year. It is one of the largest capacity solar parabolic projects in China’s 20 pilot concentrated solar power (CSP) plant programme.
The contract will support the Chinese government’s efforts to produce emissions-free electricity. The country reported over 174GW solar power generation capacity in 2018.
ABB Energy Industries managing director Kevin Kosisko said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a second project to deliver our digital solutions as part of the 20 pilot CSP solar program, aimed at boosting China’s efforts to meet the 2030 target of producing 20% of its overall electricity from renewable sources.
“As a digital leader in the energy transition, ABB offers innovative digital solutions that are future-focused. This is complemented by our customer focus and heritage in intelligent project delivery, ensuring confidence in ABB as an automation provider.”
The project, which is worth more than $368m, is led by China Shipbuilding New Power. Under the contract, ABB will be responsible for deploying its Ability Symphony Plus distributed control system (DCS) at the plant.
The DCS, which will bring together the plant’s production processes into a single system, will integrate a power island, heat storage and transfer, auxiliary controls, and coordination control of solar fields.
Last year, the company supplied its solution for the first 50MW CSP in Delingha with China General Nuclear Power Group.