SCHOTT today announced plans to establish a second manufacturing facility for solar receivers in Spain. By opening a second solar receiver plant in the Sevilla region, SCHOTT will effectively double its current solar receiver production capacity by the beginning of 2008.
November 9, 2006 (Mainz, Germany) - SCHOTT today announced plans to establish a second manufacturing facility for solar receivers in Spain. By opening a second solar receiver plant in the Sevilla region, SCHOTT will effectively double its current solar receiver production capacity by the beginning of 2008. The new plant will require a capital expenditure of approximately $28 million (22 million).
In August, the company inaugurated its first dedicated solar receiver production line at the company's manufacturing site in Mitterteich (Bavaria).
Receivers represent a key component of solar thermal parabolic trough power plants. Solar thermal parabolic trough power plants convert solar energy into heat and then use this heat to generate electricity.
"Parabolic trough power plants offer enormous potential for meeting tomorrow's power supply demands. Our receiver makes us the global technology leader. Now, our goal is to become the market leader, as well. We decided to build our second production line in Spain, because this is where our European customers are based. Furthermore, the region along the Mediterranean has developed into a promising market for solar thermal power plants," said Professor Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT.
Francisco Vallejo Serrano, Regional Minister of Innovation, Science and Enterprises for Andalusia (Spain) appreciates the decision made by SCHOTT. "This is fantastic news which will convert Andalusia into an international reference for the use of solar energy as a clean energy source. It will help to develop a strong industry in the field of renewable energies, in which Andalusia is becoming one of the leading regions in Europe."
SCHOTT has already received orders to supply receivers for the solar power plants currently being constructed in Nevada and in Andalusia. The project in Nevada, the 64 megawatt Nevada Solar One power plant, is the largest solar thermal power plant to be built in the U.S. in more than a decade. The project in Andalusia represents the first commercially operated solar thermal power plant in Europe.
How Parabolic Trough Power Plants Work
Because they offer the highest level of efficiency and incur the lowest costs for generating power of all solar technologies, parabolic trough power plants will soon offer the potential to generate solar electricity inside the world's Sunbelt at competitive prices. This technology has proven to be a reliable source of centralized power generation for 20 years. Nine solar thermal power plants located in the Mojave Desert in California, with a total capacity of 354 megawatts, have been supplying 200,000 households with electricity for just as long. SCHOTT delivered the high quality special glass tubing used as envelopes in these receivers. In 2004, SCHOTT developed its own high-performance receiver, the PTR 70, which offers substantially improved quality when compared to previous solar receivers.
Parabolic trough power plants consist of numerous trough-shaped parabolic mirrors that concentrate sunlight onto receivers (absorber tubes) that are located along the focal line. Inside these specially coated receivers, concentrated solar radiation heats a special heat resistant transfer fluid to temperatures of up to 400° Celsius (752 °F). This fluid is pumped to the central generating unit. It passes through several downstream heat exchangers and, as in conventional power plants, generates the steam that is required to drive the turbines that produce electricity.
Public officials are becoming increasingly conscious of solar thermal power plants and their potential to provide an important option for power generation in the future. Renewables 2004, the International Conference for Renewable Energies held in Bonn, Germany, adopted the Global Market Initiative (GMI) on market introduction of solar thermal power plants as part of its activity program. In September of 2005, the European Parlia¬ment called upon the European Commission to offer subsidies for solar thermal power plants. Finally, at the World Energy Dialogue that was part of the Hanover Trade Fair in 2006, the Club of Rome also emphasized the importance of building solar¬ thermal power plants, particularly in Spain and North Africa.
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The SCHOTT Memorandum on Solar Thermal Power Plant Technology contains more detailed information and can be downloaded from www.us.schott.com/solar
SCHOTT is one of the leading solar industry companies worldwide. The international technology group supplies components for almost all photovoltaic and solar thermal applications. PV solar electricity modules with various performance ratings are used for decentralized power generation. Receivers are the key components in solar thermal parabolic trough power plants, a future technology for centralized power generation along the Earth's Sunbelt.
SCHOTT is a technology-driven, international group that sees its core purpose as the improvement of how people live and work through expert solutions in specialty materials, components and systems. Its main areas of focus are special glasses and glass-ceramics for architectural applications, the household appliance industry, pharmaceutical packaging, optics and opto-electronics, information technology, consumer electronics, lighting, automotive engineering and solar energy.
SCHOTT has a presence in close proximity to its customers through highly efficient production and sales companies in all of its major markets. It has more than 17,000 employees producing worldwide sales of approximately $2 billion. In North America, SCHOTT's holding companies SCHOTT Corporation and its subsidiary SCHOTT North America, Inc. employ about 2,500 people in 16 operations.