Google has chipped in a US$168 million investment in what will be the world’s largest solar power tower plant. To be located on 3,600 acres of land in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) will boast 173,000 heliostats that will concentrate the sun’s rays onto a solar tower standing approximately 450 feet (137 m) tall. The plant commenced construction in October 2010 and is expected to generate 392 MW of solar energy following its projected completion in 2013.
Although solar power tower development is currently less advanced than the more common trough systems, they offer higher efficiency and better energy storage capabilities. Parabolic trough systems consist of parabolic mirrors that concentrate sunlight onto a Dewar tube running the length of the mirror through which a heat transfer fluid runs that is then used to heat steam in a standard turbine.
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- Investing in the world’s largest solar power tower plant (googleblog.blogspot.com)
- Google Invests $168 million in Solar Energy (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Google is Building the World’s Largest Solar Farm (techland.time.com)
- Why Google Is Investing $168 Million in a Giant Solar Farm (fastcompany.com)
- “Google Invests $168 Million in Brightsourceâ€™s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS)” and related posts (ditii.com)
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