MAN Turbo bags steam turbines order for world's largest solar power plant

28 April 2009 - The MAN Turbo group, Oberhausen, has announced orders totalling approximately EUR100m ($130m) for steam turbines to be used at solar power plants as well as at biomass-to-energy and waste-to-energy facilities.

Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Company, Abu Dhabi, ordered a 125 MW steam turbine from MAN Turbo. Shams 1 currently the largest solar power plant in the world is being built in Medinat Sayed, about 150 km from the capital Abu Dhabi.

To fulfil the order MAN Turbo has been asked to produce the biggest steam turbine ever used for solar heat for generating solar heat. The deciding factor for purchasing this specific steam turbine was MAN Turbo's own concept, which the company claims drastically improves effectiveness and allows the entire solar power plant to work much more efficiently.

The company had already proven the merit of its concept at a facility in Spain. The parabolic trough power plants Andasol 3 in Andalusia and Ibersol in the southwestern section of the Iberian peninsula will use two steam turbines with a capacity of 50 MW each.

The company is supplying two steam turbines, 25 MW and 20 MW, for the expansion of two waste processing plants in Germany and Switzerland. The two turbines, manufactured at the MAN Turbo facility in Hamburg, will be used in processes involving the cogeneration of heat and power, ensuring that maximum energy is produced from the waste.

"The proportions of different energy sources will change in the future, meaning that renewable energy will play a greater role. For example, CO2 reduction goals will lead to a greater demand for energy sources such as solar heat.

"Also, operators of so-called classic industries will place higher and higher emphasis on significantly greater efficiency from the energy they use. Our products can offer a valuable contribution," explains MAN Turbo board member Dr. Hans-O. Jeske.

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