Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluidhandling – has received an order from Abengoa to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heatexchangers to a concentrated solar power plant in South Africa. Delivery isscheduled to be finalized in 2014. Due to a confidentiality agreement Alfa Lavalis unable to disclose the exact value of the order.The Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers, specifically developed for thisapplication, will be the heart of the thermal storage system where heat fromsolar power is stored in molten salt, thereby enabling electricity productioneven on rainy days or at night. The solution will allow the plant to operate foradditional hours on stored energy, in this case an additional 3 hours (from 12to 15 hours) which is a 25 percent efficiency increase compared to normaldaytime solar power production.
“Last year we announced an order to the world’s largest solar power plant in theUS for the same unique solution”, says Lars Renström, President and CEO of theAlfa Laval Group. “This order confirms the unmatched energy efficiency of ourAlfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers for this innovative application.”
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