(Yicai Global) Dec. 28 -- Beijing Shouhang Resources Saving Co.'s [SHE:002665] 10 megawatt molten salt solar plant in Dunhuang, a popular tourist town in western China with abundant solar resources, has been connected to the grid.
It is the first and largest 24/7 plant of its kind in China, the company said in an announcement yesterday.
The project's launch is expected to contribute to the creation of a business eco-system featuring self-operated solar thermal stations and professional engineering, procurement and construction contracting. It will also help the company enhance its presence in regional markets across Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Zhangjiakou.
Molten salt solar power plants generate continuous, stable and deployable supplies of power in line with the needs of the grid. Solar energy heats the molten salt which can be stored until required. To produce energy, a heat exchange between the salt and water is initiated, producing high-temperature, high-pressure steam which propels turbines.