Abengoa Solar

Abengoa Solar develops and applies technologies to generate electricity from the sun, working to limit climate change and to develop local communities using mostly concentrating solar thermal, but also photovoltaic technologies. Abengoa Solar has transitioned into a pioneer in the construction of commercial concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) power plants, by the economic and technical foundation reached through R&D. This innovative technology is used for Abengoa Solar´s own plants or purchased by third parties, and can be bought with or without the associated assembly and engineering. Abengoa Solar has a worldwide total of 1603 MW in commercial operation, including the world’s first and second commercial power towers, 17 parabolic trough plants (including 13 at 50 MW each, two at 280 MW each, and two at 100 MW each), one integrated solar combined-cycle (ISCC) plant, and several PV plants.

Company details

C/ de la Energía Solar, Palmas Altas , Sevilla , 41014 Spain

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Industry Type:
Energy - Solar Power
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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In addition, Abengoa Solar has 360 MW under construction in the Americas and Africa, and 320 MW in pre-construction.

The beginnings
  • Abengoa started solar energy research with construction of components such as heliostats and facets for the Cesa Power Tower at the Almería Solar Complex. We later collaborated with Israel’s Weizmann Institute on the design and construction of its solar power tower project.
1990 - 1999
  • Abengoa built Toledo PV, a 1MW turn-key photovoltaic plant that is owned by Union Fenosa, Endesa and RWE. The project was built with a subsidy from the European Union.
1994 – 1999
  • R&D projects were carried out to develop new concepts in parabolic trough technology and concentrating solar receivers.
  • Parabolic trough developments included:
  • Theseus: The Theseus Project studied the feasibility of a parabolic trough plant in Greece.
  • Eurotrough: Abengoa Solar was one of the leaders in developing the Eurotrough. The purpose was to develop a parabolic trough with improved optical efficiency than already existing designs, as well as better manufacturing and assembly processes.
  • DISS: By investigating the direct generation of steam in the parabolic trough receiver, research led to a major technical advance of a 30% increase in electricity generation.
2000 – 2009

  • Construction began on the Solúcar Complex, Europe’s largest solar complex, in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville, Spain. Once it is completed, it will be home to approximately 300 MW of power installations.
  • Start-up of PS10, the first commercial power tower in the world, and Seville PV, the world’s first low-concentration photovoltaic plant, both located at the Solúcar Complex.
  • Start-up of PS20, the world’s largest power tower for commercial use, and several pilot concentrating solar power plants at the Solúcar Complex:
  • A second-generation, high-temperature power tower
  • A pilot trough plant using water as the heat transfer fluid (direct steam generation)
  • A pilot salt storage plant
  • Abengoa Solar and E.ON entered into a joint venture to build two 50-megawatt trough plants at Ecija Solar Complex.

  • Abengoa Solar began commercial operation of Solnovas 1, 3 and 4, the first three parabolic trough plants located at the Solúcar Complex, Seville (Spain).
  • Abengoa Solar joined Total and Masdar to develop, build and operate Shams-1, a 100 MW solar plant. Located in Abu Dhabi, it will be the largest solar plant in the Middle East.
  • Abengoa Solar partnered with JGC Corporation to jointly own two 50-megawatt concentrating solar power plants at the El Carpio Solar Complex, Spain.
  • Abengoa Solar and ITOCHU Corporation form a partnership to jointly own two 50 megawatt concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Extremadura Solar Complex.
    • Abengoa solar received a federal loan guarantee from the U.S. Government in the amount of $1.45 billion, which facilitated the financial closing with the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) and the start of the plant´s construction'.
  • Abengoa Solar commercializes a new high-concentration photovoltaic system (HCPV) with an efficiency rate of more than 29 % in its production modules.
  • Abengoa Solar was awarded two CSP projects by South Africa's Department of Energy. Construction will begin mid-2012.
  • Abengoa Solar reaches 743 MW in commercial operation with the addition of the following plants:
  • Ecija Solar Complex, with two 50 MW parabolic trough plants (Helioenergy 1 and 2)
  • El Carpio Solar Complex, with two 50 MW parabolic trough plants (Solacor 1 and 2)
  • Extremadura Solar Complex, with two 50 MW parabolic trough plants (Solaben 2 and 3)
  • Castilla-La Mancha Solar Complex, with two 50 MW parabolic trough plants (Helios 1 and 2)
Abengoa Solar has begun construction of two concentrating solar plants, Khi Solar One, a 50 MW solar tower and KaXu Solar One, a 100 MW parabolic trough plant.
  • Abengoa Solar reaches 843 MW in commercial operation.
  • The last two plants of the Extremadura Solar Complex, Solaben 1 and Solaben 6, entered into operation. These new solar installations make it the largest solar complex in Spain with a total installed capacity of 200 MW.