By Rania Tazi
Casablanca – Siemens has announced that it will provide three steam turbines for the Noor II and III solar power plants by the end of 2016.
The Noor Solar Complex in Ouarzazate will be the largest solar complex in the world once it is completed. The first phase, Noor I, was completed in February and currently provides 650,000 locals with electricity for the majority of the day.
Currently, Morocco has entered the second phase of the project: creating the Noor II and Noor III plants. Siemens, which provided the turbine for Noor I, will deliver three turbines from Germany to the Ouarzazate plants by the end of 2016.
The Noor II and III turbines will produce electricity using Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), the process of using solar-generated steam to generate electricity, and will have power capacities of 150 megawatts (MW) and 200 MW, respectively.
The Noor solar complex will include one installation of solar panels (Noor IV) and the three solar plants (Noor I, II, and III) using CSP.
One key characteristic of the Noor Solar Complex is the integration of a storage system which stores solar energy into molten salt, enabling power to be generated through the night. Noor II will have a storage power capacity of 2,800 MW/h, allowing five hours of solar energy to be stored.
Once fully operational, the Noor complex will be the same size as Morocco’s capital city. The plant aims to generate power for 1,3 million people and will prevent the emission of 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Edited by Bryn Miller