WASHINGTON, USA: Abengoa Yield, the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets in the energy and environment sectors, has announced that Solana, its Arizona-based solar power plant, received the Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Innovation Award in the Utility-Scale category.
The winners were announced on October 1st, 2014, at the ESNA Innovation Awards ceremony in San Jose, California.
Solana is the largest solar parabolic trough plant in the world. Located near Gila Bend, Arizona, it has a total installed capacity of 280 megawatts. With a six-hour molten-salt thermal energy storage capacity, it supplies clean energy to Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona's largest utility, meeting peaks of demand before dawn and after dusk.
Solar thermal energy storage with molten salt permits Solana to eliminate intermittency issues, one of the greatest challenges that most renewables must face. Storage also increases dispatchability in the power generation process, creating systems which can operate flexibly both with and without solar radiation.