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Italy’s ASE to supply direct steam generation tech to world first CSP plant in Brazil

Archimede Solar Energy will supply DSG receiving tubes to world’s first CSP plant producing steam for factory production in Bahia state

CSP plant
The CSP project in Brazil will be a world first for concentrated solar power plants

Italian firm Archimede Solar Energy (ASE) has been awarded a contract to supply Direct Steam Generation (DSG) technology to a world first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Brazil. The solar energy company, based in Perugia, Italy, will deliver DSG receiving tubes to the world's first CSP Plant to produce steam for factory production in Bahia state, Brazil.

Pirelli, Archimede Solar Energy and the Italian Ministry of the Environment, in collaboration with the Forum das Americas, have presented the project for construction in the city Feira de Santana, Bahia state. It will be the world's largest solar power plant in the world for direct production of steam for factory production.

The CSP project is the result of a collaboration agreement signed in January 2012 by the Ministry and Pirelli. The project, involving Milan Polytechnic University in Milan, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, within the environmental cooperation framework between Italy and Brazil.

ASE said: "The project will be realised with the contribution of the Milan Polytechnic, a university that works with Pirelli in its R&D department. That in this case will carry out the preliminary study, and Archimede Solar Energy will provide the high performance DSG receiving tubes for concentrating solar thermal power."

The solar plant will be directly connected to the steam lines used for the production of tyres. The CSP power plant could reach a peak of 1.4MW, ensuring a thermal supply share for the normal production cycle of the plant.

The CSP project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 2,000 tons over five years. The design, construction, operation and monitoring phases for the CSP project will lay the foundation for a wider use of concentrating solar power in the industrial sector, helping reduce investment costs and increase plant efficiency.

The news marks the latest development for CSP power in BRIC countries this year. In August, a 100MW CSP project was approved for India, which will be the largest in the world.