Steel to harness the sun

24 Aug 2018

Ternium steel is playing a major part in innovative projects seeking to develop alternative energy sources in Argentina.

Eleven thousand three hundred tons: the amount of steel that Ternium and its value chain have delivered for the construction of 7 solar parks in Argentina: Caldenes del Oeste, Las Lomitas, Iglesia-Guañizuli, Cauchari 1/2/3 and La Cumbre.

The solar parks are located in the Provinces of San Luis, San Juan and Jujuy while the clients are Tubos Argentinos, Sidersa and Corven.

The implementation of these projects required a significant amount of teamwork on the part of the Quality Control, Commercial Planning, Supply Chain and Commercial departments due to the requirements of the industry and the specific nature of the requested products. Ternium produced the materials for the structures that support the solar trackers.

The teams at ProPymes and Market Competitiveness also took part in the preliminary round of discussions with the value chain at the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI), strengthening the dialogue with local tube and frame manufacturers in order to improve the range of national products. “These projects show that national industry has the capacity to meet this demand at a competitive price,” said Ignacio Lezama, Commercial Executive for Service Centers and Tube Suppliers.

Looking to the future

These projects are part of the national RenovAr program which aims to ensure that by 2025 20% of national electrical energy will be produced by renewable means. The goal of the initiative, implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Mining, is for 1700 megawatts (MW) to be produced by solar energy (more information is available here in Spanish). “The 7 parks that have been built so far only account for 430 MW, so there is great potential for future growth in terms of volume,” added Lezama.

Confirmation is currently pending for the construction of two more 100 MW parks, each of which will require an estimated 4500 tons of steel. It is expected that work will begin between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.