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Andasol solar power plant projects

WINNER

Applicant: Solar Millennium AG
Project: Andasol solar power plant projects
Country of implementation: Spain

Solar Millennium plans and builds solar-thermal power plants. The company initiated the Spanish parabolic trough power plants Andasol 1-3 and successfully completed the project developments. This marks the opening of the European market for solar power generation on the scale of large power plants with the potential of displacing fossil and nuclear power plants. furthermore, the Andasol power plants in many ways serve as role model projects. For more than 15 years no new parabolic trough power plants had been built. The installation of thermal storage enables the power plants to produce electricity in a planable way, including nights, which opens new perspectives for solar power generation. The Andasol projects also serve as the world’s largest installation for utilizing solar energy. Each of the power plants supplies up to 200,000 people with solar energy.

Community-based renewable energy systems in Philippines

NOMINATED

Applicant: Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya Inc.
Project: Community-based renewable energy systems in Philippines
Country of implementation: Philippines

SIBAT has installed 15 micro-hydropower plants and is developing 8 more with a total generating capacity of 330 kW to provide energy to poor upland indigenous communities for lighting, rice/corn mills, sugarcane press, and livelihood activities, while the tailrace water is used for irrigation of croplands. SIBAT has also installed six solar-powered water pumping facilities of water systems for drinking and irrigation needs of upland indigenous farmers. SIBAT has just recently installed small wind turbines for water pumping and electricity generation. SIBAT’s community-based renewable energy systems are small, decentralized power supply systems established through multi-stakeholder efforts in poor Philippine rural communities mostly inhabited by indigenous peoples; the systems have a tangible impact on their economy, education and health, and lessen the burdens on women and children. The communities manage and maintain these small renewable energy systems, ensure the benefits to households and communities, and protect the watersheds that supply water to the micro-hydro plants.

Development of the Demon process for an energy-autonomous water treatment facility

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Applicant: Dr. Bernhard Wett
Project: Development of the Demon process for an energy-autonomous water treatment facility
Country of implementation: Austria

The development and implementation of the Demon® control strategy for ammonia removal at the wastewater treatment plant in Strass in Tyrol (Austria) for the first time realized stable operation of an advanced municipal treatment plant that produces an energy surplus. This makes a significant contribution to energy efficiency and process optimization of the plant. The surplus of 8% is fed as renewable energy into the public grid, making a wastewater treatment plant a power generator. Additional installations in Europe and demonstration projects in New York and Washington confirm the success of the project.