SUNCNIM to develop a 9-MW Fresnel concentrating solar plant in France

Written By: Stratton Report
October 13, 2016

On October 13, SUNCNIM, a joint-venture set up by CNIM and the state organization Bpifrance, has financed a project company, eLlo, which will build and operate a 9-MW e concentrated solar energy power plant at Llo in France. The plant was awarded a PPA in 2012. Its electricity will be exported via the EDF grid

Per SUNCNIM, the project will be the world’s first Fresnel solar thermodynamic power plant with the capacity to store several hours of energy.

Roger Pujol, SUNCNIM’s Chairman remarked: “The plant will be the world’s first in terms of technology. Designed to be eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, it will employ SUNCNIM technology using “Fresnel mirrors”. The thermal energy produced will be stored and converted into electricity via a steam generation process.”

Stanislas Ancel, a member of the CNIM Management board noted:

“The Llo power plant marks the success of CNIM’s solar thermodynamic research and investment strategy, the key stages of which were the design and manufacturing of a prototype at its Seyne-sur-Mer site in 2010, the validation of its design by the Agency for the Environment and Optimization of Energy Resources (ADEME) in 2012 and the creation of the subsidiary SUNCNIM using the SPI “Industrial Projects Company” fund, financed by Bpifrance’s Investing for the Future Program. This preliminary initiative demonstrates our capability as a constructor and operator of large-scale technological projects.”

Magali Joessel, Director of the SPI fund at Bpifrance noted: “SUNCNIM was the first investment of SPI funds.” He stressed that the goal was the acceleration of the commercialization of a technology with the potential to be a world leader in the still-emerging market for the production of solar thermal energy.