Monday, February 13, 2012

Crescent Dunes touts fully integrated energy storage

SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Project Takes "Huge" Step
February 10, 2012 - California-based solar developer SolarReserve has completed construction on a solar power tower at its flagship solar farm in Nevada, the company said Thursday.

Located in Toponah, Nevada, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, which will employ concentrated solar power (CSP) technology, is expected to be the largest of its kind in the world -- capable of producing up to 110 MW of solar energy.

The solar tower is one of the main features of a CSP solar farm, as all of the sun's rays reflected by mirrors, called heliostats, are aimed at the tower where they are used to heat molten salt which create the steam to drive a turbine. So, finishing the 540-foot solar tower is a major first step toward completion of the project.

"Not too many of these have been built, so we have just achieved a huge milestone," said Brian Painter the project's Site Manager.

“Completion of the solar power tower is a significant milestone not only for SolarReserve and our plant, but also for the solar energy industry as a whole. This project is on track to bring American innovation to fruition and is already creating jobs,” said Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve. read more>>>

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