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Chi starts building its largest solar plant

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 July 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, July 22: Chi has begun constructing its largest solar power plant spread over 2,550 hectares in the Gobi desert. The plant will come up in Qinghai province. The plant will have an installed capacity of 200 megawatts, and be capable of supplying electricity to 1 million households, according to Qinghai Solar-Thermal Power Group. “Its designed heat storage is 15 hours, thus, it can guarantee stable, continual power generation,” Xinhua quoted group board chair Wu Longyi as saying. Once operatiol, the plant will slash standard coal use by 4.26 million tonnes every year, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide by 896,000 tonnes and 8,080 tonnes, respectively. The solar power tower system boasts higher efficiency and better energy storage than the more commonly used trough system. The plant will also be Chi’s first large-scale solar power plant under commercial operation, said Yu Mingzhen, vice director of Qinghai development and reform commission. (IANS)

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