Solar Millennium AG

Solar Millennium is an international developer and operator of solar thermal (parabolic trough) plants with plants in the US, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, China and India.

Location: 
Berkeley, CA
Type: 
Corporation
Category: 
Solar
Website: 
http://www.solarmillennium.de/index,lang2.html

Solar Millennium AG, Erlangen, Germany, is an international company in the renewable energy sector, with its main focus on solar-thermal power plants. Together with its subsidiaries and associates, the Company specializes in parabolic trough power plants and has managed to take a globally leading position in this field. Solar Millennium strives to further extend its expertise in the area of solar-thermal power plants with the aim of achieving and securing sustainable technology leadership. As such, the Company covers all important business sectors along the value chain for solar-thermal power plants: from project development and financing to the technology and the turnkey construction and operation of power plants. In Spain, Solar Millennium developed Europe's first parabolic trough power plants and realized these together with partners. Additional projects are planned around the world with an overall capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts: here the current regional focus is on Spain, the US, India, China, the Middle East and North Africa.

About solar-thermal power plant technology:
Solar-thermal power plants generate electricity by converting solar radiation into heat energy. In a parabolic trough power plant, trough-shaped mirrors concentrate the incidental radiation onto a pipe in the focal line of the collector. Its absorption heats a fluid heat medium in the pipe, generating steam in the power block through a heat exchanger. As in conventional power plants, the steam powers a turbine to generate electricity. By integrating thermal storage, electricity can be supplied on demand, even after sunset.

Solar Millennium LLC, Solar Millennium's US subsidiary, is wholly owned by Solar Trust of America (STA), a joint venture of the Solar Millennium Group (70%) and the Ferrostaal Group (30%)

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