Eurotrough in the highlands of Tibet

sbp sonne’s EuroTrough technology has been selected for a solar power plant in Tibet. sbp sonne will provide the technology and engineering service for this challenging site at an elevation of 4,500 meters in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

The ZhabuYe Parabolic Trough power plant in the highlands of Tibet is to be a self-sustaining power plant for the extraction of lithium carbonate by supplying stable electricity and steam. Our client, the China Shipbuilding New Power Co. Ltd (CSNP), applies the well proven EuroTrough technology in an environment, where no other solar thermal power plant has ever been built. Low oxygen content in the air and low temperatures are only two of the challenges during the installation process.

Once completed the 40 MW power plant will rely on a 16 full load hours thermal storage system for the provision of energy, ensuring that continuous electricity and process heat is available for the local industrial plant for lithium extraction. The collector field will consist of 190 loops – respectively 9,120 single trough collector elements (SCEs) – with an overall aperture area of 621,300 m².



November 2023

Thanks to the commitment and experience of all project partners, construction of the solar field started just six months after contracting. The first solar collector was installed on November 20, 2023. Completion and commissioning of the power plant is scheduled for 2024. 

October 2023

After having concluded our engineering supervision works, steelwork fabrication has already moved to mass production. The solar collector field in Tibet is under preparation, enabling the start of the collector assembly during the next months.