Chilean companies learned about the Moroccan solar industry
- They presented the conclusions of a technological visit to the main Moroccan solar facilities
The African country displays significant solar development and is currently building and operating concentrated solar power plants. That is why a private-public delegation with representatives from manufacturing companies, the Universidad de Antofagasta, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and Chile’s Economic Development Agency (CORFO) visited Morocco to learn more about their experience in developing this technology. Some preliminary conclusions from the trip were delivered at the closing workshop of the technological visit.
The visit, which took place in October 2017, is part of the Roadmap of the Solar Energy Program. According to the participants, it confirmed that Chile has the industrial conditions needed to support solar power concentration projects. “The conclusions allow us to confirm that our country not only has the highest levels of solar irradiance in the world, but also a potential industry capable of absorbing some of the requirements of a large CSP project,” said Rodrigo Mancilla, Executive Director of the Solar Committee.
In addition, the participant Chilean companies were able to discuss their experience and exchange views on the real development possibilities created by CSP projects. “One of the conclusions was that there is no technological gap between Chile and Morocco, which is good considering the options offered by the development of this technology,” said Andres Blake, Executive Director of IASAF Chile, the company in charge of prospecting and collecting the results of the visit.
A number of challenges were also identified. One of them is that solar power concentration projects are usually large scale, which is why it is necessary to build partnerships between companies to comply with their requirements and increase their chances of meeting the potential demand for components.
The visit to Morocco was organised to allow Chilean companies to assess the solar technology and the supplier industry existing in that country, to help them analyse their options of becoming part of the value chain of solar concentration power projects to be developed in Chile.