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Abengoa Solar launches a full trough quality control program

April 21, 2009

Denver, 21 April, 2009 - Abengoa Solar has developed a complete system for measuring solar plant parabolic trough collector performance and quality, in order to ensure enhanced performance throughout their operational lifetime. The system employs a set of advanced optical instruments that can measure the geometrical and optical properties of collectors in different ways, both at the factory and when they have been installed in the solar power plant.

Since the beginning of 2009, Abengoa Solar has been using this system to monitor the quality of the parabolic trough collectors installed at the 50 MW Solnova 1, Solnova 3 and Solnova 4 plants, currently under construction at the Solúcar Platform outside Seville.

The system ensures consistent quality in the production process and facilitates inspection of each new collector. It is installed at the end of the assembly line, minimizing interruptions during the assembly process.

Abengoa Solar has also developed a system for quantifying and classifying the optical performance of parabolic trough collectors in the field. These systems are proving essential in optimizing parabolic trough plant performance. This quality control system will also be used for the 280 MW Solana plant to be built in Arizona.

The systems were developed in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States.

Abengoa Solar focuses its activity on the development and application of technology for generating electrical power with the sun.

50 MW parabolic trough plant, Solnova 1, at the Solúcar platform in Seville, Spain.

50 MW parabolic trough plant, Solnova 1, at the Solúcar platform in Seville, Spain.
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