FPL unveils biggest CSP hybrid power plant

<b>190,000 of these parabolic trough collectors are installed at the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Centre. </b><br><br><i>Photo: Florida Power & Light </i><br>
190,000 of these parabolic trough collectors are installed at the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Centre.

Photo: Florida Power & Light

The plant uses about 190,000 parabolic trough collectors on an area of 200 hectares (500 acres). The solar heat is used to reduce natural gas consumption of the existing fossil fuel plant by 1.16 million cubic metres (41 million cubic feet). Over the next 30 years the solar field will save about US$ 178 million of fuel costs. The plant has already been in operation since November 2010 and was built in two years. The first hybrid power plant was built by the Spanish EPC Abener and inaugurated in June 2010; there the solar thermal part of the plant is about two thirds smaller and has a capacity of 22 MW.

FPL has now three utility size solar projects in operation, of which the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the only solar thermal project and the other two are photovoltaic projects. FPL has already secured and permitted sites for additional 500 MW of photovoltaic projects.

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