The recently opened solar power station Noor 1
(= Arabic for “light”) in the Moroccan solar park Ouarzazate, attracted attention internationally: as the world’s largest solar power station, it produces up to 160 MW electrical power, from half a million mirrors, in a parabolic trough field of 4.5 km². The power station will generate power for 350,000 people. With the help of a salt storage tank, the power station can supply electricity to the grid even up to three hours after sunset. The highly complex billing system for this power station is provided by a team of experts from Styria, who specialise in thermal power station processes.Large project for power station experts from Styria
The project was awarded to a consortium, under the management of the Saudi Arabian ACWA Power International, in 2012, in the scope of a competition. As a result, VTU Energy, a Styrian company, based in Grambach near Graz, was assigned with the turn-key delivery of a billing system for Noor 1. A billing system for such a large power station not only processes meter data but also contains a complex formula for the evaluation of the level of efficiency and availability guarantees. Apart from that, when implementing the various contractual clauses into an automated system, a great deal of finesse is required in agreement with all contractual parties. In November 2015, The Noor-1-System was the first billing system to be accepted in Morocco, and was handed over to the operating company.
For us, the commissioning of the billing system for Noor 1 was a further important step on our growth course as the North African region is currently highly interesting for internationally financed solar power station projects. We are proud to be part of this huge project, and are delighted with the smooth progress and successful international collaboration with renowned power station operators
Dr. Peter Pechtl,
Managing Director of VTU Energy.