The solar thermal plant Gemasolar, owned by Torresol Energy – company alliance between the engineering and technology group SENER and Masdar – is one of the renewable energy facilities featured in the documentary We've Got the Power. This film is being broadcast throughout the United States on the public broadcasting service PBS and on local stations in the cities of Austin, Anchorage, Colorado Springs, Broomfield, Los Angeles, Kansas, Corpus Christi, Portales, Las Vegas, Kodiak, Spokane, Richland, Juneau, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Bethel, Raleigh Durham, Syracuse, Akron, Tampa, Alliance, Evansville, South Bend and Charlotte Amalie.
We've got the Power shows US viewers that it is possible to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy in a way which is beneficial to both consumers and the global economy, in addition to ensuring a safer environment for generations to come.
The solar thermal plant Gemasolar is one of the projects selected for this film production. In an interview held at the plant, Torresol Energy's Technical Director of Operation and Maintenance, Santiago Arias, gives an insight into its innovative technology, developed by SENER, and places particular emphasis on its storage capacity, which allows the plant to produce power round the clock exclusively by means of solar energy. In this regard, Gemasolar is a prime example of renewable energy dispatchability since it can produce electricity at any time and not only when weather conditions so permit, thus being capable of supplying power to the grid depending on the demand. This technology converts solar thermal energy, as shown in the documentary, into one of the key energy sources of the future.
We've got the power is a sequel to the documentary The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green, which won an Emmy Award and was broadcast on almost 90% of the US TV networks as well as on other TV channels in Canada, New Zealand, Bolivia and Chile.
Gemasolar is the first solar thermal plant to use, at a commercial scale, central tower receiver technology along with a high temperature molten salt storage system. Today, the plant is a successful project that stands out for its high efficiency; for example, in the summer of 2013 it achieved continuous production operating for 36 consecutive days. Its innovative construction design and technological advances have been continuously recognized by the industry with several prizes; the last recognition was the Engineering Firm of the Year Award granted to SENER for its leadership in this project by the magazine The European in the first edition of The European Energy Awards 2013. Some months earlier, the plant was distinguished with the award granted by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers FIDIC for considering it as one of the best global engineering projects in the last 100 years.
The featuring of the plant in this documentary confirms once again that Gemasolar has become a symbol of innovation, sustainability and efficiency, both in the field of renewable energy and for society as a whole.