Another South African solar thermal plant completed

August 16th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


Abengoa has completed Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina, a 100 MW plant, uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable power from the sun. It also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts which can store sufficient energy for a further 5,5 hours supply, thereby assisting to meet South Africa’s peak demand.

Xina is located near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, near Abengoa’s Kaxu Solar One. Kaxu was the first power plant in operation which featured parabolic trough collector technology, a 100 MW output and 2,5 hours of thermal molten salt energy storage. The company also built the 50 MW Khi Solar One plant, which has been operating since the beginning of 2016. The project, which created 1300 jobs, prevents the emission of 348 000 t of CO2 each year and will provide clean energy to more than 95 000 South African households.

Contact Dominic José Goncalves, Abengoa, Tel 021 937-0247,



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