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. AREVA Solar 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.
The Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR)
This technology uses modular flat reflectors to focus the sun's heat onto elevated receivers, which consist of a system of tubes through which water flows. The concentrated sunlight boils the water in the tubes, generating high-pressure steam for direct use in power generation and industrial steam applications without the need for costly heat exchangers.
CLFR technology is also an industry leader in reducing environmental impact because it minimizes the use of land and water . By using air cooling instead of water cooling, CLFR reduces water consumption by more than 90%.
Did you know?
In terms of land usage per MWe of capacity, CLFR is the most land-efficient solar technology.
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.
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.