Solar Euromed

Solar Euromed is a high technology group based in France specialized in concentrated solar power technology, [1] in activity from 2007 to 2016.

The company provides solar thermal power systems that produce heat for power generation and industrial applications with the built-in ability to store electricity and electricity supply on demand, even after sunset . Solar Euromed’s solar thermal technology is based on the concept of direct steam generation and linear Fresnel optics and was developed together with the French National Center for Scientific Research and the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission . [2]


Since its inception, Solar Euromed has been an active promoter of CSP technology in Europe and has built a recognized expertise in this emerging field: [3]

  • In 2007, Solar Euromed Developed the project Solenha Ultimately classified as Seveso Enabling A Greater knowledge [4] in the environmental impact assessment of parabolic trough technology. [5]
  • In 2009, the group launched its technology development plan funded by the French innovation fund Oseo and the European Union, which is the result of a Fresnel-based pilot plant at the Themis solar energy R & D platform in the Pyreneans . [6]
  • In 2010, the company signed a 2 GW agreement with the Republic of Sudan for the development, construction and operation of CSP plants to be implemented over the next decade. Few weeks later, Solar Euromed signed a power purchase agreement for the realization of the first 250 MW. [7]
  • In 2011, it is secured in Corsica a construction permit for the implementation of the largest solar thermal power plant in France and Solar Euromed’s proprietary Fresnel-based technology at utility scale. [8]
  • In September 2015, the company was placed under administration . [9] It was finally shut down in September 2016. [10]

Concentrated solar power

CSP technologies concentrate energy from the sun’s rays to heat a fluid to high temperatures. This heat is transformed into mechanical energy and then into electricity . Using the sun as a free source of energy , structures made out of metal and glass and completely Call greenhouse gas (GHG) Emission-free, Concentrated Solar Power is a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to Produce a clean and renewable energy. [11]

CSP is a technology and the first plants operating in California in the 80’s, spurred by federal and state tax incentives and mandatory long-term power purchase contracts . A drop in fossil fuel prices then led the federal and state governments to dismantle the policy framework that had supported the advancement of CSP. In 2006, the market re-emerged in Spain and the United States , supported by changes in government policies to renewable energies – and solar in particular. CSP uses renewable solar resources to generate electricitywhile Producing No. GHG emission (SO x , CO 2 ) with large scale power Capacities. CSP plants can be combined with thermal storage capacity so as to avoid intermittency due to clouds , or to provide the grid with electricity in the evening , during peak hours , and throughout the night . CSP plants can also provide power generation during off-solar hours thanks to hybridization with gas or biomass. While the bulk of CSP electricity will come from large, on-grid power plants, these technologies also show significant potential for supplying other specific needs such as water desalination , off-grid power , combined heat and power generation , process heat , oil & gas pumping , and solar fuels generation . [12]


Solar Euromed’s technology uses long and narrow segments of a mirror to reflect the sunlight onto a fixed tube . A secondary reflector allows to have a higher heat flow and homogeneous heating of the tube which can generate temperatures up to 450 ° C. Solar Euromed’s solutions include large scale assembly of Fresnel reflector modules working with Direct steam generation at high temperature, a thermal storage capacity, a scheme of assembly Enabling farmingunder the reflectors due to the high positioning of the structures, and the use of recyclable materials limiting the dismantling and the environmental impact . [13] [14]

Advantages of the technology

Fresnel technology has CSP’s best land-to-electricity ratio due to a compact design and the usability of space below support structures. This technology is also considered to be cheaper to implement and allows a strong construction modularity. Fresnel system requires flat or less-shaped mirrors and facilitates Direct Steam Generation, eliminating the need for costly heat transfer fluids and heat exchangers . Moreover, operations and maintenance are easy, hence, the costs are moderate. [15]

Pilot Plant

In partnership with two leading French R & D centers ( CNRS and CEA ), [16] Solar Euromed has implemented this landmark technology development into a fully instrumented MW-size pilot plant called Augustin Fresnel 1 located in the French Pyreneans . [17]

Alba Nova 1

Located at Ghisonaccia in Corsica , Alba Nova 1 is Solar Euromed’s CSP demonstration plant for qui a building permit Was already secured for a net power output of 12 MW Producing electricity equivalent of the consumption of 10,000 Households, THUS serving as a bridge entre les pilot phase and the projected deployment in the MENA region. It provides an optimized integration of agricultural activities under the supporting structures and a state-of-the art eco-friendly overall design . It is the first CSP project to be authorized in France since more than 30 years[18] and serves as a reference for the energy conversion and economic performance of Solar Euromed’s Fresnel proprietary technology. Due to icts insularity , Corsica HAS energetic constraints specific to operate with limited connections to an external network, protection of environment , fire , and Has to manage the lifecycle downward looking of two fossil-powered thermal power plants . [19]

See also

  • List of concentrating solar thermal power companies
  • List of Solar Thermal Power Stations


  1. Jump up^ Concentrated Solar Power Markets and Strategies 2010-2025. April 2010
  2. Jump up^ Les Echos – Solar Euromed ready to build a solar power plant in Corsica
  3. Jump up^ France’s first thermo-dynamic solar project
  4. Jump up^ Solar Euromed – Hazard issues in Parabolic Trough Technology
  5. Jump up^ Liberation – Solenha
  6. Jump up^ Tecsol – Solar Euromed’s development
  7. Jump up^ REVE – Solar Euromed signed an agreement for 2 GW Solar in Sudan
  8. Jump up^ Helionoticias – Authorities award CSP plant in France
  9. Jump up^ Anne-Claire Poirier (January 7, 2016). “Is there a buyer for Solar Euromed?” . (in French) . Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  10. Jump up^ “Solar Euromed has been placed in liquidation” . (in French). 2016-09-13 . Retrieved 2016-10-20 .
  11. Jump up^ Responding to climate change 2010 – CSP – The fully sustainable solution
  12. Jump up^ International Energy Agency CSP Roadmap
  13. Jump up^ Solar Euromed CEO’s interview is technology
  14. Jump up^ Renewables news network – French Solar Euromed launches fund-raising for solar project in Corsica
  15. Jump up^ – CSP technology by Solar Euromed
  16. Jump up^ Solar Euromed – R & D partnerships
  17. Jump up^ Augustin Fresnel 1 official description
  18. Jump up^ Tenerrdis – Permit Granted for Solar Euromed
  19. Jump up^ Corse Matin newspaper – A solar power plant in project

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