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Certification of Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Tubo Sol PE2 required supervision and certification for the construction stages of its new concentrated solar power plant in Calasparra, Spain. That is why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.

Basic Facts
Client: - ƒƒTubo Sol PE2, S.L., represented by Elektra Baselland (EBL)

- ƒƒNovatec Solar

- ƒƒUTE TSK - OHL Industrial Group
Involved companies:DLR Institute of Solar Research
Timeframe: March 2011 – June 2013
Project Location: Calasparra, Murcia region, Spain
Main services:- Certification of construction progress

- ƒƒWitnessing of acceptance tests
Involved regulations/ standards:- IEC 60953-2 (adapted)

- ƒƒProject specific test procedures

- ƒƒGood engineering practices

Initial situation and requirements

Tubo Sol PE2 is a project company originally set up by five Swiss utilities for the realization of the Puerto Errado 2 (PE2) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Calasparra, Spain. PE2 is the first commercially operated power plant using Linear Fresnel technology, which is provided by Novatec Solar. This technology requires less land and has a high potential for cost reduction when compared with other types of CSP plants, such as parabolic trough and solar tower power plants. To provide evidence of the correct construction of the power plant, Tubo Sol required an independent certification company and able partner to supply extensive supervision and certification services.

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life.

We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006 we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

Due to our extensive experience with solar power plants , we can help and support you in all project phases and ensure plant safety and reliability. We can also support you in achieving and maintaining profitability for largescale PV systems and solar thermal power plants – from choosing the right site to full-scale operations.

We offer you a comprehensive range of services related to CSP plants, including site assessment and inspection, supervision of construction, plant surveillance with yield monitoring and evaluation, and component testing .

Solutions, results

By virtue of our comprehensive experience in construction supervision and certification for solar power projects, TÜV Rheinland was the preferred choice for Tubo Sol PE2.

We witnessed and certified that the construction progress had properly met the project milestones during construction of the power plant. In addition, we provided consultation in formulating the testing, certification and acceptance (TCA) plan and we witnessed the acceptance testing , resulting in a pre-acceptance certificate, provisional acceptance certificate (PAC), and a final acceptance certificate (FAC). By conducting these services, we ensured peace of mind for the client that the project will comply with the regulations, such as IEC 60953-2 adapted to the special requirements of CSP technology. By successfully providing Tubo Sol with the required certification and supervision, we contributed towards enhancing the legal security, safety and functionality of the plant.

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Did you know?

With a mirror surface of 302,000 m² and a total area of 650,000 m² the Puerto Errado 2 power plant has a nominal capacity of 30 MW and will produce 50,000 MWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the use by 12,000 households.

Benefits for the client

TÜV Rheinland supported Tubo Sol with:

  • ƒHighly qualified and experienced experts to witness and certify construction progress.
  • ƒƒ Expertise in construction and project management services for solar power plants.
  • ƒƒFast response times and strict neutrality.
  • ƒƒFlexibility with technical adaptation and unpredictable weather conditions.