Building on the successful delivery of power at the first 50 MW CSP in Delingha with China General Nuclear Power Group in late 2018, ABB has been awarded a second contract to deliver an integrated automation solution for a 100 MW Urat solar energy project in Inner Mongolia province, China.
The plant is the first of its kind in Inner Mongolia, and one of the largest capacity solar parabolic projects in China’s 20 pilot plant initiative at 500 hectares. It is set to save the burning of approximately 90 000 tons of coal per year.
ABB will deploy its flagship ABB Ability Symphony Plus distributed control system (DCS), incorporating a power island, heat storage and transfer, as well as auxiliary controls, and co-ordination control of solar fields. The distributed control system (DCS) will unify all the plant’s production processes into a single user-friendly system, including the heat transfer system, which transports the heat to molten salt tanks where it is stored, and the power block where the electricity is generated and fed into the transmission grid.
With over 174GW solar power generation capacity in 2018, China is the leading producer of solar power globally. With more than $430 million in subsidies provided by the Chinese government for new solar power projects in a recent year, China is considering various efficient technologies to harness energy from the sun.