The Cerro Dominador Project will consist of a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 100 MW and the first concentrated solar plant in Latin America, with 110 MW of capacity and 17.5 hours of thermal storage. Altogether, the Project’s solar field will cover 1,000 hectares.
The Project will prevent the emission of approximately 870,000 tons of CO2 per year and will contribute to meet the growing energy demand from households and industries by combining both technologies.
The solar thermal plant will have 10,600 heliostats in a solar field that will cover more than 700 hectares. Heliostats concentrate solar radiation at a single point, the receiver, located at the top of a 820 feet high tower. Radiation coming from the sun is used to heat molten salts. The molten salts generate the steam necessary to power a 110 MW turbine, which generates clean electricity.
Heliostats concentrate solar radiation onto a receiver located at the top of a tower with 820 feet. Radiation coming from the sun is used to heat molten salts. The molten salts create the steam necessary to power a turbine of 110 MW, which generates clean electricity.
The plant will also feature a thermal storage system with molten salts that will permit to deliver stable energy 24 hours a day.
The CSP Cerro Dominador is a plant with solar thermal tower technology that uses a series of 10,600 heliostats that track the sun on two axes, concentrating the solar radiation onto a single point on the upper part of the tower. Each heliostat consists of 32 individual mirrors that reach 1507 square feet. At the receiver the heat is transferred to the molten salts. In a heat exchanger, the molten salts transfer their heat to a water stream to generate superheated and reheated steam, which powers a turbine capable of generating around 110 MW of power.