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10 October 2010

SENER and Torresol Energy take part in EFEF 2010

SENER takes part at the European Future Energy Forum as a leading company in CSP technology


  • The innovative projects of Torresol Energy, among them the first commercial plant in the world with molten salt system and central tower technology, will start operation in 2011.


  • With three new contracts, SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas leads the CSP technology market for number of projects developed, amounting 15 plants and 720 MW of installed power.


  • The European Future Energy Forum (EFEF) is an initiative developed with Masdar (Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in renewable energies) and part of the Future Energy series of events that includes the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi.


SENER takes part, once again, in this event to show its capacities in solar technology, where it has become a leading company both for the development of innovative solutions and for the number of projects under development. The companies SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas and Torresol Energy Investment SA, this last one owned 60% by the Spanish engineering group SENER and 40% by Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, ADFEC, company for the development of renewable energies launched by the investment company belonging to the Abu Dhabi Emirate, MUBADALA Development Company), will share a 60 sqm booth where they will show some of the main projects of both companies: SENER’s leading technology in Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and the plants that Torresol Energy is currently promoting, all of them with SENER’s engineering.

SENER is developing the engineering and construction of the solar field of three new CSP plants, whose contracts was recently awarded. These are ASTE 1 A and ASTE 1 B projects, located in Ciudad Real (Castilla La Mancha, Spain), and Termosolar Soluz Guzmán, in Córdoba (Andalusia, Spain). The three plants, with cylindrical-parabolic collector technology and 50 MW of power each, could be in operation by the end of 2012. With these three projects SENER has 720 MW installed in 15 CSP plants all along Spain, which makes the company a leader in number of projects. Most of them use a molten salts storage system and four of these plants are already in operation. Some of these plants are true international milestones: Andasol-1, using CPP, in Granada, was the first thermosolar plant in the world to use a molten salt heat storage system in commercial operation. Connected to the grid at the end of 2008, the fulfilling experience of its construction, commissioning and commercial operation has enabled SENER to undertake thirteen other similar projects using the same technology. Also notable is Gemasolar, the first commercial plant in the world to use central tower receiver technology with a heat storage system. Promoted by Torresol Energy, it will enter operation in 2011 and SENER is hoping it will become an international reference: a starting point in the strategy to reduce costs in the thermosolar power sector.

The technological significance of Gemasolar, the flagship project of the engineering group, has received several international awards and it is, nowadays, Torresol Energy’s main feature. Located in Seville, once built, in 2011, the plant will supply clean and secure energy to 25,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30,000 tons a year. Gemasolar’s technology will be represented at EFEF with a big tower in the center of the booth. The CCP technology will also be shown, that is applied in Torresol Energy’s Valle 1 and Valle 2 projects, located in Cadiz (Andalusia, Spain), whose construction works continues to progress as expected.

Besides, SENER will be showing some of its main innovations in CSP, such as the molten salts system, used as heat transfer fluid and as storage system, or the design of the cylindrical-parabolic collectors SENERtrough.



Booth B7, ExCeL London

October 19th to 21st, London




SENER is a private engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao in 1956 which seeks to offer its clients state-of-the-art technological solutions and enjoys international prestige for its commitment to innovation, quality and for its independence. SENER employs over 5,700 professionals and has a turnover of 937M€. SENER accomplishes engineering activities and has industrial holdings in companies working in the fields of Energy and the Environment, as well as Aerospace.


The Engineering Area, SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A., is an engineering, construction and systems integration company which has become one of the largest Spanish engineering firms with a turnover of more than 498 M€, around 2,600 employees and offices in Abu Dhabi, Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Madrid, Mexico City, Okayama, San Francisco, Seville, Valencia and Warsaw.


Through its Energy and Environment Area, SENER has promoted different projects in which it has stock options and contributes with its own technology, as is the case of Torresol Energy. Other initiatives in renewable energies and waste to energy are Zabalgarbi, TRACJUSA, Valpuren Comatur and Valpuren Bañuelo.




About Torresol Energy

A joint venture between the companies SENER and MASDAR, Torresol Energy was set up with the aim of becoming a global leader in the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) sector, promoting the development and operation of large-scale CSP plants throughout the world – especially in the “sun belt”: southern Europe, including Spain, North Africa, the Middle East and the south-west United States.


At the same time, each of Torresol Energy’s new projects will introduce and test new technologies to make CSP an economically competitive option and a real, viable, ecological and sustainable alternative to traditional energy sources. In this regard, conserving the environment for future generations is one of Torresol Energy’s foundational commitments.





Further information: Oihana Casas. Corporative Communication Department. SENER.

Tel (+34) 91 807 7318 / 679 314 085