Solutia has been awarded a contract to supply its Therminol VP-1 synthetic heat transfer fluid for the US$2 billion Solana solar power plant project, which is being developed by Abengoa. Once complete the Arizona-based plant is expected to be the largest parabolic trough concentrating solar plant in the world, and the first large-scale solar plant in the US capable of storing energy for continued power generation during periods of low light.
Solutia’s Therminol heat transfer fluid will play a key role in the concentrating solar power (CSP) capabilities at Solana, which is expected to generate 250MW. Full production at the solar power plant is scheduled for 2013.
“Solutia is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking renewable energy project,” said Greta Senn, president and general manager of the technical specialties division of Solutia. “Our Therminol heat transfer fluid has been consistently selected for such projects, reinforcing our capability as a global supplier and demonstrating our commitment to the rapidly growing energy solutions industry.”