MINOS CSP tower
The power was selected in the first round of EU's NER300 programme and was awarded a €42.1 M funding.
The Project concerns the implementation and operation of a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant based on central tower technology with a nominal electrical capacity of 50 MWe that will be built in the southeast of Crete. The Project intends to use heliostat mirrors to concentrate the sun irradiation on a solar receiver placed on the top of a tower. The tower system will be based on innovative superheated steam technology in order to increase the efficiency of the present plants with tower technology and saturated steam. The Project will be located adjacent to the existing power plant of Atherinolakos. The planned site has a size of approx. 143 ha, only 500 m from the sea, at an elevation between 50 and 100 m above sea level. No storage system is envisaged and the back-up energy is supplied by a conventional diesel boiler.