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Iberdrola sells 50MW solar thermal power plant in Spain to Ence Energía

Spanish power utility Iberdrola has agreed to divest its solar thermal power asset located in the town of Puertollano, Ciudad Real (Spain) by selling it to pulp and renewable biomass energy producer Ence Energía, S.L.U. The transaction involves the sale of 90% of the shares in Iberdrola Energía Solar de Puertollano, S.A., the company which owns the 50-megawatt (MW) solar thermal generation unit.

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Spanish University develops stand-alone solar-powered system to produce drinking water

Research group in applied electrochemistry and electrocatalysis at the University of Alicante in Spain announced that they  have developed a stand-alone system for desalinating and treating water through electrodialysis. The system is directly powered by solar energy and can be applied in off-grid areas.

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Elecnor secures €117.4 million EPC contract to build Australia’s largest solar PV farm

Spanish industrial group Elecnor announced this week that it has been awarded a AUD 173 million (EUR 117.4 million) turnkey (EPC) contract for the second phase of the Bungala Solar PV project. The contract for the 137 MWp Bungala Two facility follows the award to Elecnor last April of the contract for the Bungala One plant. This latest contract win establishes Elecnor as the leading player in the Australian solar PV market.

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Enel wins tender to develop 339 MW of solar capacity in Spain

Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), acting through its Spanish subsidiary Endesa’s renewable company Enel Green Power España (“EGPE”), has been awarded 339 MW of solar power capacity in Spain. The award followed the tender held on the 26th of July  aiming at collecting 3,000 MW from renewable energies, that was launched by the Spanish Government to help the country achieve its target to cover 20% of energy consumption from renewables by 2020. The solar capacity adds to the 540 MW of wind power capacity that EGPE was already awarded last May.

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Researchers at UPM develop novel system able to store solar energy in molten silicon

Researchers from the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM) in Spain have developed an innovative energy storage system which is able to store up to ten times more than the existing solutions using materials abundant in nature.

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