Enerray has inaugurated the concentrated solar park CSP-ORC PLUS in Morocco

Enerray has inaugurated the solar thermodynamic plant of the Green Energy Park in Ben Guerir, Morocco.

The ORC-PLUS project, born 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).

The part of the plant that will be built in the framework of ORC-PLUS will be made up of 4.900 m2 of Fresnel collectors and 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.

CSP ORC-PLUS Schema

CSP FresnelORCSerbatoio Magnetite

The project, coordinated by ENEA, was implemented as part of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and involved 6 partners from 3 different European countries plus 1 international partner from Morocco, IRESEN, which is one of the main players linked to the CSP in the country. Enerray is the industrial partner of the project and was responsible for the design, installation and start-up of the CSP-ORC plant.