What’s it mean to say that the giant new solar plant in the California desert will power 140,000 homes? We explain it.
There were reports that the big new power tower solar thermal plant in California had gone online, but a closer look suggests not quite yet, or at least not fully.
Developers of the Ivanpah power tower project say the plant “produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synced to the power grid for the first time.”
Colorado researchers say they’ve figured how to use heat generated from the reflected light of thousands of mirrors to drive chemical reactions that split water.
Awesome or a blight on the desert? See Ivanpah, near completion in the Mojave, in all its glory.
SolarReserve reports that the receiving unit for its Crescent Dunes solar power tower, with molten salt storage tech, is in place.
The massive Ivanpah power-tower solar energy plant is in the home stretch of development, having achieved “first flux,” BrightSource Energy says.
California regulators approve a power-tower solar plant with energy storage, saying the ability to produce power on demand justifies its high price.
Some say CSP can’t compete with cheap PV, but the industry points to studies showing cost advantages when thermal storage is employed.
Abengoa takes its solar power tower technology outside Spain, starting work on a 50 megawatt project in South Africa, which is also getting a 100 MW parabolic trough plant.