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Aalborg CSP restarts production in China

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While a growing number of countries around the world are closing their borders to prevent any further spreading of the coronavirus and COVID/19, China seems to have succeeded in turning the curve around. As a result, Aalborg CSP resumes work with the production of boiler components for a solar energy project with storage. The use of masks for all personnel as well as sending everyone with symptoms home has been a decisive part of the Chinese industry's strategy. China is thus returning to its normal state, and Danish renewable energy company, Aalborg CSP states that it sees light ahead.

In February 2019, Aalborg CSP received an order to deliver steam generator systems based on the leakage-free header-and-coil technology for three CSP plants in Dubai.

Combined with a solar tower and a solar field consisting of photovoltaic (PV) panels, the three CSP plants constitute the Dubai 700MW CSP+250 MW PV Hybrid Project. A project capable of generating 600 MW electricity up to 15 hours after sunset.

Since the contract was signed in the beginning of 2019, the production of 42 heat exchangers and pressure vessels playing a significant role in the project has been full speed ahead.

However, the production was put temporarily on hold in February due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The production facilities in China, where the components are being produced were closed down like the majority of the country’s other industries and factories. A step taken to contain the spreading of the virus.

With all employees wearing masks, the machines are up and running again and the work can continue under the safety measures implemented by Aalborg CSP's subcontractor, Shanghai Boiler Works Co., Ltd.- who have not experienced any further spreading of the virus.

The steam generation systems – consisting of a number of heat exchangers – supplied by Aalborg CSP makes use of a unique leakage-free design. The components are designed to withstand frequent starts/stops and daily cyclical load changes, which normally results in a high stress profile and fatigue. The header-coil design reduces these effects and significantly reduces the number of failures over the lifetime expectancy of the equipment. This results in high availability, low operation and maintenance cost and high reliability for the customers.

When completed, the solar park will provide clean energy to reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 million tpy.

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