Honeywell Process Solutions
announces that Torresol Energy has selected their UniSim Operator Training Simulator (OTS) and business support planning tools to help optimise the performance of three of its thermo solar power plants in Spain.
The concentrated solar power (CSP) sector represents a rapidly growing segment of solar energy production wherein the systems use mirrors to concentrate sunlight to one point, with the resulting heat harnessed to drive turbines and produce electrical power.
Torresol Energy will use Honeywell’s UniSim OTS to train the plants’ operators and engineers in responding to a wide range of potential plant incidents, enabling them to react more quickly and diffuse issues before they occur. The UniSim will enable Torresol to identify, document and track changes to operational procedures and capture operator experience and best practices as part of a sustainable operator competency plan.
Honeywell’s business support planning tools will additionally be used by Torresol Energy to create a model for operational performance of thermo solar power plants focussed around safe, reliable and efficient plant operation. The technology will be applied to the three key project sites including the 19.9 MW Gemasolar plant located near Seville as well as Plants one and two of the 2x50 MW Valle facility located in San José del Valle near Cadiz.
Juan Ignacio Burgaleta, director of technology, Torresol Energy explains that Honeywell’s solutions were selected based on the consultancy provided by the company’s Advanced Solutions team. He added that Honeywell demonstrated a strong understanding of Torresol Energy’s business as well as thermo solar technology processes, developing a compelling proposition for safe, reliable and efficient energy production.
According to Ian Brown, vice president and general manager, Advanced Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions, a specialist team has been assigned by Honeywell to work alongside Torresol Energy to optimise performance at their key project sites to achieve a high level of performance and effectiveness.