Europe’s largest solar thermal energy plant opens in Belgium

Dutch packaging and materials manufacturer Avery Dennison has opened what it claims to be Europe’s largest concentrated solar thermal platform and storage unit at its factory in Turnhout, Belgium.  

The new thermal solar energy plant comprises 2,240 surface mirrors, with a peak energy yield of 2.7GWh thermal power. It also contains six thermal modules that store energy for when the sun isn’t shining.  

Concentrated thermal solar power harnesses sunlight by using mirrors to beam it onto a receiver, which heats a fluid to generate high-temperature steam, driving a turbine which, in turn, produces electricity.

An image of the new solar thermal plant in turnhout, belgium