Spain-based Abengoa has obtained a favourable environmental rating for the 210MW Atacama 2 solar project to be developed at the Antofagasta region in northern Chile.
The solar energy complex is planned to be built near Sierra Gorda. It will involve construction of a 110MW solar thermal electricity (STE) facility featuring tower technology and a 100MW photovoltaic (PV) plant.
The STE will house an energy storage system, which will have the capacity to produce renewable power for up to 15 hours without direct solar radiation.
Construction for the solar complex is expected to start within the next two months.
The firm is also responsible for the Atacama 1 solar complex, which is being developed in the same region.
Along with a 100 MW PV plant, the first Atacama project will feature the first solar thermal electricity power plant in Latin America and have a thermal storage capacity for 17.5 hours.
Both projects will be equipped with a management system to enable integration of solar thermal electric and PV technologies for power production.
Abengoa will also deploy an innovative thermal storage system with molten salts for the projects, which will lend high grade of dispatchability for the solar thermal power produced at the plants.
The complexes are also expected to offer stable power supply for 24 hours a day and will be equipped to meet varying energy demands.
Image: The Atacama 2 solar project in Chile will feature a 110MW solar thermal electricity facility and a 100MW photovoltaic plant. Photo: courtesy of Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.