Enerray at the royal inauguration of IRESEN’s Green Energy Park, Morocco
Enerray, as an ordinary member of RES4MED, attended the royal inauguration of IRESEN’s “Green Energy Park”, Morocco’s first international testing, research and training platform on solar energy technologies located in the green village of Ben Guérir.
On 12 January 2017, King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Green Energy Park, which is set to open to the public later this year. Watch the video>
Green Energy Park was established to be the first testing, research and training platform on solar energy technologies in Morocco and in Africa. Green Energy Park’s inception was lead by the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) with the support of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment and the OCP group. IRESEN aims for Green Energy Park to become an international center of excellence and already counts numerous joint research, innovation, project and financing agreements with a number of national and international universities, research centers, development organisations and private companies.
Enerray contributed to the realization of Green Energy Park by constructing the first CSP-ORC system, with a 1 MWe capacity. The technology of this project is based on a CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) solar field (linear fresnel), using a Thermal Oil as heat transfer fluid, and an ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) system provided by Exergy, a company of the Maccaferri Industrial Group.
Electromechanically, the system has been completed in October 2016. The commissioning is expected within March 2017.
Furthermore Enerray is currently building a 500 kWe ORC-PLUS prototype, that will be connected to the 1MWe CSP-ORC plant of Green Energy Park. The part of the plant that will be built in the framework of ORC-PLUS will add a Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES) full of Magnetite, that should be able to ensure electricity production for at least 4 hours during sunless hours.
Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean – RES4MED – is a non-profit Association established in 2012 as a network of utilities, industries, agencies, technical service providers, research institute and academia engaged in promoting clean energy solutions in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries. RES4MED’s mission is to support the deployment of renewable energy – both large scale and distributed energy – and energy efficiency solutions and their integration in the local and regional markets to satisfy local energy needs.
lRESEN was established in 2011 to lead and promote R&D in the field of renewable energy and to be in charge of defining research topics, coordinating and optimizing the overall research process. Besides taking part in storage system definition & design, IRESEN is in charge of testing the final system of the ORC-PLUS project which comes as an add-on to the CSP-ORC plant which is under construction.
The ORC-PLUS project, borned on 01/06/2015, aims at developing an innovative Thermal Energy Storage system (TES) which is optimised for CSP plants in the scale of 1-5 MWe. This will improve the dispatchability (production on demand) and number of hours of production, regardless of sunlight availability, of an existing small CSP plant coupled with an ORC system (located in a desert area).