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China home to ‘Asia’s first ISCC demo plant’

Hanas New Energy Group has started constructing its integrated solar combined-cycle (ISCC) trough solar power plant in Gaoshawo, Ningxia province, China.

The project is described as the first ISCC solar demonstration project in Asia, and is expected to be operational by 2013.

Hanas is building the 92.5 MW, $350m plant in collaboration with North China Power Engineering and Germany’s Siemens.

The power station represents an alternative to traditional trough solar power generation by combining the solar technology with gas turbines to maximise the utilization of solar power resources.

Hanas claims that this will increase the thermal efficiency of the whole plant to 80 per cent.

According to the company, the plant’s output will be able to follow grid demand, making it more like a traditional thermal power plant, allowing for easier grid connection and management.

The ISCC plant will be operated at a daily load of between 30 per cent and 100 per cent, says Hanas.

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