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China commercially operates 1st large-scale CSP project today

2018.10.10     From: CSP Focus光略咨询


China Guangdong Nuclear Power(CGN), the project owner and developer just launched a press release, officially announcing that CGN Delingha 50MW parabolic trough concentratedsolar power (CSP) plant, as China first large-scale commercial CSP project, starts commercial operation today on October 10th, 2018.


Mr. Li Yilun, General Manager of CGN New Energy Holding and Mr. Wang Zhigang, General Manager of CGN New Energy Delingha Company presented the conference and shared the great news with China key media audience and introduced the milestones of the project.


As CSP Focus reported earlier, the project was successfully connected to the grid on June 30. And three months later it is able to commercially realize full operation, indicating that China owns its 1st large-scale commercial CSP plant in operation.


It is absolutely a great milestonefor China CSP industry, which entitles China the 8th country in the world owning large-scale commercial CSP project. And the CGN Delingha plant is also amongst China 1st batch of 20 pilot projects and now the first with full completion.


Relevant Free Report: CGN Delingha 50MW Parabolic Trough CSP Project Report



This is a landmark for CGN's solar-thermal energy development after more than ten years of development, Li said during the news conference held in Beijing on Wednesday today.


According to Li, CGN's solar power business, after more than ten years' development, currently covers 29 provinces nationwide, with an installed capacity exceeding 2.58 million kilowatts that ranks third across the country.


Li said compared with photovoltaic power, the concentrated solar power (CSP) features continuous and steady generation of electricity, enjoying greater development potential.


CGN has also been foraying in other forms of new energy in recent years in addition to nuclear power, including the country's first large scale offshore wind power project in Shanghai, he said.


Built on a sparsely populated plateau, 3,000 meters above sea level, the Delingha power plant occupies an area of 2.46 square kilometers (246 hectares). The plant was first connects to grid on June 30.


More information on CGN Delingha CSP plant, you are also welcome to join the upcoming CSP Focus Innovation 2018Oct.25-26, Xi'an, China, where you will have the opportunity to communicate with senior executives from CGN Solar face-to-face. 


The project was officially broken ground in the year of 2014, and the only CSP project in China getting loan from Asian Development Bank. With total investment of RMB 1.938 billion, the project is equipped with 9 hours molten salt thermal energy storage.



Chinese companies Beijing Shouhang  IHW Energy Saving & SEPCOII and Shandong Sunway  Petrochemical Engineering Co., Ltd joined the project as EPCs of solar field and HTF&TES respectively. Other local involvers include Dongfang Turbine, Harbin Turbine, Wuxi Chemical Equipment,Co., Ltd etc. And global leading CSP companies like TSK, IDOM, sbp, Rioglass, Solutia, Sulzer also provided components and services for CGN Delingha CSP project.


More details on the project, please visit:

CSP Focus database: CGN Delingha 50MW Thermal Oil Parabolic Trough project


At an altitude of 3,000 meters, the project owns 190 loops with more than 9,000 SCEs, consisting of 250,000 pieces of reflectors with a total area of 620,000 square meters. 


Molten salt tanks in TES&HTF island own an diameter of 42 meters, the longest in Asia


Joseph Jacobelli, a senior analyst of Asian utilities at Bloomberg Intelligence, said the commissioning of the CGN New Energy project is evidence that Chinese electricity producers remain very keen on developing clean energy.


“Chinese power producers are all seeking more advanced solutions,” said Jacobelli.


“We would expect that companies such CGN New Energy  will continue to seek out more advanced wind, solar and energy storage technologies in coming years.”


Chances are high that these Chinese clean energy companies will continue expanding in the clean energy sectors abroad in coming years, as many companies are stepping up their performance in overseas markets, actively investing in assets abroad buoyed by the China-led Belt and Road Initiative, he added.


According to Wang Zhigang,  the solar power project located on the plateau with cold temperatures and oxygen deficiency is capable of producing some 200 million kilowatt hours annually and replace more than 60,000 tons of standard coal each year and 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission every year.


The main part of the project commenced construction in August 2015, and is the country's first solar power plant connected to the power grid. It was also the first solar thermal power project that received a preferential loan from the Asian Development Bank, said the company.

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