Solastor Mejillones

General Info
Owner/s: 
Safe Earth Energy
Solastor
Technology: 
Central receiver (power tower)
Country: 
Chile
Status: 
Planned
Purpose: 
Commercial
Usage: 
Electricity
Power: 
5.00 MW
Location: 
Mejillones
Technology

Power block

Storage Y/N: 
Yes
Storage type: 
Graphite block
Power (net): 
5.00 MW
Companies involved
Project developer: 
Solastor
General comments:

Information extracted from Solastor website:

In June 2011, Solastor entered negotiations with Safe Earth Energy Pty Ltd in regards to multiple small scale jobs in Chile. Safe Earth Energy has been established to source a reliable renewable energy system to provide back up power for coastal towns. Implementation of the Solastor System is currently being considered for 3 potential sites along the Chilean coast with the potential for more projects in the future.

Chile's geography makes it very difficult to supply power to all of its regions. It is a long and narrow country with many small towns and villages along the coast with populations as small as 2,500. Furthermore, the northern half of the country is desert. Having limited sources of power in the south means that the power grid is subject to numerous outages along the country's 4,300km coastline. The grid is also effected by earthquakes on a regular basis.

Utilising the Solastor System, a proposal has been submitted that will:

  1. provide additional electricity to the grid, reduce transmission losses and improve security of supply;
  2. provide an independent power supply to small towns that have no access to the grid; and,
  3. reduce the risk of outages caused by earthquakes.

Initial Agreements have been signed with the Municipality of Mejillones to commence the development process for a 5MW project.

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