Solar pilot for peak power plants with Iberafrica in Kenya
Absolicon and Ariya Finergy have built a 330 m2 aperture area solar thermal field at Iberafrica Power (E.A.) Limited in Nairobi, Kenya. An installation team from Absolicon was on-site in December 2021 and were in charge of supervising the installation of the solar thermal field. The elevated structure of the Absolicon T160 field, 5.5m from the ground, showcases the flexibility and modularity of Absolicon technology and its ability to maximize the available space and the irradiation on the installation.
Elevated solar field installation with Iberafrica
Iberafrica, one of Kenya’s leading Independent Power Producers (IPPs) with a capacity of 52.5MW, was recently acquired by A.P. Moller Capital as an effective platform for it to invest further in greenfield and brownfield power and energy infrastructure assets in Kenya.
In line with its climate change agenda and ongoing cost management initiatives, Iberafrica identified the Absolicon T160 solar thermal collectors as the ideal solution to offset its carbon footprint and provide process heating for the power plant.
The solar thermal installation of 330 m2 aperture area is provided by Absolicon´s local partner Ariya Finergy using Absolicon solar collectors delivered directly from Sweden to Nairobi. The solar field provides energy for Fluid pre-heating and delivers 95 °C temperature.
Absolicon installation team, on-site during early December 2021, is in charge of supervising the installation of the solar thermal field. The elevated structure of the Absolicon T160 field, 5.5m from the ground, showcases the flexibility and modularity of Absolicon technology and its ability to maximize the available space and the irradiation on the installation.
To integrate the solar field to the Iberafrica plant in Nairobi, Absolicon is providing a custom solar central shipped directly from Sweden. Piping and installation of the solar central will follow.
“The need for energy is high in African industries, and at the same time, the sun can supply the industry with the heat needed for the processes. This pilot plant at Iberafrica is an important step in delivering a production line to Kenya.” says Joakim Byström, CEO of Absolicon.