The PSA is located in southeastern Spain in the Tabernas Desert at 37º05’27.8” north and 2º21’19” west. It receives a direct annual insolation of over 1900 kWh/(m2·year) and the average annual temperature is around 17ºC.
The PSA is an experimental facility with climate and insolation conditions similar to those in developing solar-belt countries (where the greatest potential for solar energy is found), but with all the advantages of large scientific installations in the most advanced European countries, making it a privileged site for evaluation, demonstration and transfer of solar technologies.
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The main test facilities available at the PSA are:
- CESA-1 and SSPS-CRS central receiver systems, 7 and 2.7 MWth respectively
- SSPS-DCS 1.2-MWth parabolic-trough collector system, with associated thermal storage system and water desalination plant
- DISS 1.8-MWth test loop, an excellent experimental system for two-phase flow and direct steam generation for electricity production research
- HTF test loop, a complete oil circuit for evaluation of new parabolic-trough collector components
- The FRESDEMO “linear Fresnel” technology loop.
- The parabolic-trough collector system called the “Innovative Fluids Test Loop”
- 6-unit DISTAL dish/Stirling facility.
- A 60-kWt solar furnace for thermal materials treatments.
- A solar chemistry facility for solar detoxification applications consisting of a parabolic-trough loop with two-axis tracking and three CPC photoreactors for different types of trials.
- Laboratorio de Ensayo Energético de Componentes de la Edificación (Laboratory for Energy Testing of Building Components) (LECE).
- The ARFRISOL Building, an integral part of the “Unique Project Strategy” of the same name, which is a container-demonstrator for advanced energy savings and efficiency technologies in building.
- Meteorological station forming part of the “Baseline Surface Radiation Network” (BSRN).