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ABB and FG Emvelo develop CSP in South Africa

ABB and FG Emvelo are teaming up to develop concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Karoshoek Solar Valley in the Northern Cape province, South Africa.

By Kari Williamson

FG Emvelo, a joint venture between FG.de, a German group of companies and Emvelo Projects, a pan-African company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, recently acquired a 340 km2 site with high direct normal irradiance.

The CSP plants will use the ABB-Novatec Solar turnkey concept for CSP plants said to reduce the need for land by 40% and water consumption by 80%. Novatec Solar is a German CSP technology company in which ABB recently acquired a 35% investment stake.

The CSP plants will use boilers for direct steam generation based on linear Fresnel technology.

“We are proud to announce the start of a new strategic partnership with ABB and Novatec Solar,” says Florian Fritsch, Managing Director of FG Emvelo.

“With their collaboration, and the use of linear Fresnel technology, we will be able to take significant steps towards achieving our goal of a ‘solar Silicon Valley’ at Karoshoek.”

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