|Headquarters||Sanlúcar la Mayor, Spain|
Abengoa Solar (formerly Solúcar Energía) is a subsidiary of Abengoa. Its primary activities include designing, promotion, financing attainment, construction and operation of solar power stations that use photovoltaics, concentrated photovoltaics, or concentrated solar thermal technologies.
Abengoa Solar and innovation
R&D investment: Abengoa Solar has continuously invested in concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic technology (PV) research and development (R&D) since the company began. Abengoa Solar considers R&D to be a vital competitive tool, keeping Abengoa Solar at the forefront while maintaining a proprietary technology portfolio that can meet both customer needs and market cost reduction demands. Over 42.4 million euros were invested in R&D in 2011 and a total over 150 million euros since 2007.
Patent rights: Given the importance of R&D, legal protection of industrial and intellectual property advancements is critical. The company, therefore, holds priority rights to various key inventions. 115 CSP and PV technology patent applications were registered as of May 2012.
Solar power tower
Abengoa Solar owns Europe's first commercially operating concentrating solar power plant, the 11 MW PS10 Solar Power Plant, that use the solar power tower technology, a form of concentrated solar thermal technology. The Spanish plant was featured in an episode of World's Strangest on the SciFi network.
Projects using their technology
- Solana Generating Station, Arizona
- "Solúcar Solar changes its name to Abengoa Solar". October 26, 2007.
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