Energia Llaima is a Chilean Company, leader in implementing solar plants for heat generation, replacing fossil fuelled boilers in industry and mining. Its business model, based on externalizing supply of heat, has introduced solar energy into the mining industry, thus improving their environmental aspects. With its solar plant "Pampa Elvira Solar" (PES) Energia Llaima has shown that this model is feasible, practical and sustainable.
Energia Llaima also introduced an innovative model of hydraulic energy projects in Chile, with plants in operation and projects incorporating environmental and community practices seeking to be a contribution in the areas where they are installed.
Arcon-Sunmark is a merger between two of the world’s leading companies within large-scale solar heating – ARCON Solar and Sunmark. ARCON Solar was established in 1974 in Skørping, Denmark and was a pioneer in the large-scale solar thermal industry, with a special focus on solutions for district heating. ARCON Solar has installed the largest large-scale solar thermal systems in Europe. Based on more than 25 years of experience and know-how, Sunmark was established in 2008 on the isle of Ærø, Denmark. Sunmark established highly specialized production facilities both in Denmark and in Asia, and installed more than 200,000 m2 of solar heating plants, including the world’s largest solar plant for the mining industry in Chile. In 2015 the two companies joined forces to establish the world’s leading company in this line of business.
Energy Llaima and Arcon-Sunmark have teamed up to deliver the most competitive and highest quality solar thermal solutions in the market.
There are two commonly known types of solar energy:
Energía Llaima works exclusively with solar thermal installations. Thermal solar energy is a proven and effective technology, in addition to hot water and space heating can also be used for various process applications, including cooling.
Energía Llaima designs large-scale systems for industrial process heat, where solar energy is oftenly used as primary energy source with diesel, gas, biomass or other fuel as backup.
Solar Thermal Plant, inaugurated in 2013, which supplies energy to Codelco’s Gabriela Mistral operation in the North of Chile (Atacama region). It is noted for its contribution of average 54,000 MWh/annum of heat energy, replacing 85% of the fossil fuel used in the electro-winning process, enabling Gabriela Mistral Division to stop emitting 15,000 tons per year of C02.
Started in the year 2013, supplying Codelco’s Gabriela Mistral Division copper refining process energy demand, located in Sierra Gorda district, Atacama Region.
Largest solar thermal plant in the world.
Built by Chilean-Danish consortium (E. Llaima-Sunmark), outstanding in the design and development of large solar thermal plants.
Area: 43.920 m2.
Panels: 2.928 of 15 m2 each.
Energy Supply: 54.000 MWh/yr.
Low emission of greenhouse gases.
December 2014 received First National Prize for Sustainability, prize organized by El Mercurio’s Recyclapolis Foundation, in the Fire category, for promoting new environmental tendencies and showing cases of successful solutions compatible with the environment.
This is the video that Codelco produced to publicize the benefits of the energy produced by Pampa Elvira Solar, used for their processes.
Pampa Elvira Solar operation has been covered by the most important news program of Chile.