March 19, 2020: Swedish thermal energy storage company Azelio has completed the installation of a system that will store solar energy from what is claimed to be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant project, Azelio said on March 9.
The plant, which is owned and operated by the Moroccan agency for solar energy, Masen, is in the municipality of Ouarzazate in Agadir district, which receives some of the most sunlight in the world. According to Lake Street Consulting it has a direct normal irradiation of 2,635 kWh/m2 a year.
The complex is 2,500 hectares in size, and solar panels cover 1,000 square metres — which means it could potentially harvest a total of 2.6GW a year.
Masen plans to develop the complex into a 500MW solar park to incorporate several utility-scale solar power plants. The first, it says, is the 160MW Noor I, where three hours of thermal energy storage are used to deliver power during peak evening times.
Azelio’s system uses recycled aluminium and the company says it contains no rare minerals and does not suffer from reduced capacity over time.
The system is scalable from 100kW to 100MW.
“Our collaboration with Azelio is a good example of Masen’s R&D strategy to evaluate, co-develop and promote distuptive solutions,” said Mustapha Bakkoury, Masen CEO.
“We have an ambitious development and commercialization of our technology, where Masen’s profound experience in renewable energy is of great value. Being present on one of the world’s leading arenas for renewable energy marks a big step for Azelio and is the platform from where we take the next step in becoming a global industrial player,” said Azelio CEO Jonas Eklind.