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Inauguration of NOORo I

NOORo I solar thermal plant aerial view.

NOORo I solar thermal plant aerial view.

The solar thermal plant NOORo I, located in Ouarzazate, within the NOORo solar complex - which, once completed, will be the largest on the planet – was inaugurated on the beginning of 2016. The event was presided over by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and brought together political representatives and executives from the constructor companies, among them the President of SENER, Jorge Sendagorta, accompanied by the Project Manager of NOORo I at SENER, Verónica Roselló, and the representative of the Steering Committee of NOORo I, Santiago García, also from SENER.

SENER has been part of the construction consortium with the turnkey contract, or EPC, for NOORo I, a high-efficiency modern power station. With 160 MWe of power and 3.5 hours of thermal storage it will supply 500 GWh of solar power per year, enough to meet the demands of 135,000 homes. NOORo I will avert annual emissions of 140,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Along with its participation in the construction works, SENER was responsible for supplying critical technology such as the SENERtrough® parabolic trough collectors – designed and patented by SENER – and the molten salt storage system.

In addition to NOORo I, SENER is a participant in the other two solar thermal phases of the project, NOORo II and NOORo III, in the same turnkey construction consortium and as a technology supplier. The three solar thermal plants are to provide a total of 510 MWe of power. All of them will be equipped with thermal storage systems, enabling them to continue to produce electricity in the absence of solar radiation. As a matter of fact, the time with the greatest demand for power in Morocco is nightfall, so the integration of these facilities in the Moroccan electricity system will be one of optimal efficiency. Altogether, they will avert annual emissions of 470,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

SENER is currently carrying out the works on NOORo II, which is rated at 200 MWe and has molten salt storage capacity, and in which SENER’s second generation of parabolic troughs – the SENERtrough®-2 system – are being installed, as they are in NOORo III, rated at 150 MWe. In contrast to the others, this plant will have a central tower with heliostats and a salt receiver, in the same configuration as that successfully applied by SENER at the pioneering Gemasolar, in Seville (Spain). NOORo III will include advances such as a larger heliostat, designed and manufactured by SENER.

As in all of its projects, SENER is strongly committed to the local community since the start of the NOORo I first phase; both workers and suppliers from the area are being employed and SENER has set up a long-term development plan for the national industry.


SENERtrough® loops installed in NOORo I.

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