Siemens Energy has been commissioned by BrightSource Energy to deliver its SPPA-T3000 instrumentation & controls (I&C) system along with two steam-turbine-generators for the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. This is the first use of the I&C system in a solar tower power plant of Ivanpah’s size; the total installed capacity will be around 400MW.
All three units of the Ivanpah power project, which includes the 126MW Unit 1 and 133MW Units 2 and 3, will be supplied with the SPPA-T3000 I&C system. Siemens will also provide the linkup to an asset management system for the units. Additionally, Units 2 and 3 will each be outfitted with a SST-900 steam turbine, rated at 133MW for each unit, and two generators. Siemens previously delivered a steam turbine and generator for Ivanpah’s Unit 1 in October 2008. The most recent order of turbines are scheduled for delivery during the summer of 2012, with commercial operation of Ivanpah Units 2 and 3 beginning sometime in 2013.
“With our wealth of experience in the optimization of steam turbines for solar thermal power plants, we've further expanded our position as the leading provider in the marketplace,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of the industrial power business unit of Siemens Energy. “Our steam turbine portfolio for solar thermal power encompasses the capacity range from 1.5MW to more than 250MW. With more than 50 orders received, Siemens is the market leader in steam turbines for solar thermal power plants.”