Solar power: turning up the heat
AREVA Solar designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the global power generation and industrial steam needs of its customers in a dependable, market-competitive and environmentally responsible manner.
It provides turnkey solutions using Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR), which is the most cost-effective and land-efficient Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology.
CSP: tomorrow’s technology today
Solar energy technology is a rapidly expanding field with many innovative solutions that strive to best harness the sun’s energy.
Using CSP, AREVA Solar also leverages its historical expertise in thermal technology, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to best serve utility companies.
Customers can be assured that AREVA’s Solar steam generators meet the highest quality assurance standards. AREVA is proud to be the first solar steam power boiler manufacturer to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ "S" Stamp Certificate of Authorization – the industry hallmark of acceptance and certification.
With CLFR technology, the company is able to produce superheated steam at high temperatures and pressures, up to 400°C (750°F) and 106 bar (1535 psia), which allows us to optimize the needs of power generation and industrial steam users.
CLFR: a trustworthy CSP technology
AREVA Solar has made the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) its CSP technology.
Main advantages of CLFR technology:
- Design simplicity which leads to lower costs,
- Land efficiency,
- The ability to generate superheated steam at high temperatures and pressures.
- Use of standard commodity materials that allow for local sourcing,
- Environmental benefits.
Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant
The concentrated solar thermal energy plant in Kimberlina (Bakersfield, California), is the first plant to be linked to the Californian network for 20 years. It depends on CLFR technology (Compact Linear Fresnel Reflection) that uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays and to produce steam.
Providing power to the "sun belt"
AREVA Solar improves utilities’ energy mix either by building new CO2-free plants or by boosting the capacity of existing plants with solar generated steam.
AREVA CSP installations can also provide solar steam for a variety of industrial processes.
Did you know?
In terms of land usage per MWe of capacity, CLFR is the most land-efficient solar technology.
INNOVATION IN ACTION
AREVA chose the Beaumont-Hague site for the pilot test center of its Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology. The objective of the test center will be to improve the effectiveness of AREVA CLFR technology (Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector) through analysis of the pipe receiver’s protective surface.
The development of this one-of-a-kind project will take place in the Beaumont-Hague Research Hall (HRB) where 80 employees are already working on approximately 3000 m² pilot installations.
Building upon its scalable, modular and proven CLFR technology, AREVA’s storage product will complement its cost-effective and fully dispatchable suite of direct steam CLFR solutions, including solar/natural gas hybrid plants and solar augmentation of existing fossil-fueled plants.
Our evolutionary CSP storage solution combines AREVA’s advanced CLFR design with Sandia Labs’ proven and simple molten salt storage system - further diversifying our low-cost dispatchability solutions to better meet our customers’ unique energy requirements.
This will be the first CSP integration with the Molten Salt Test Loop System, which is part of the DOE’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON LONGER TERM R&D
A complementary longer-term R&D path for CSP Thermal Energy Storage is also explored by AREVA with French research partners: CEA (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission), HAMON D'HONDT company, and three CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and university laboratories.
This diversified technological path guarantees the robustness of our solutions portfolio.