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Algeria plans construction of first solar tower power plant in North Africa  

By Gerald Ondrey |

The first solar tower power plant in North Africa will be built in Algeria. The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit; BMU) have agreed to collaborate on this project. The aim is to build a solar-gas hybrid power plant with an output of up to seven megawatts. Important components of power station technology were, to a great extent, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR; Cologne, Germany; www.dlr.de) with partners. The power plant will be constructed in Boughezoul, on the northern edge of the Sahara desert, and will serve primarily as a pilot and research facility. It will be able to operate using just solar energy or as a hybrid power plant fuelled by a combination of solar power and gas. This combination enables this country, one that holds exceptionally large gas reserves, to manage a relatively smooth and inexpensive transition from fossil fuel to solar power generation with an assured continuity of supply. Key components of the technology for the solar tower power plant were developed at DLR. On a laboratory…
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