- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Passes First Solar Capacity Test

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On March 4, 2013 @ 5:29 pm In green technology,News,Solar Power | 7 Comments

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Plant , California solar plants, NRG Energy, US solar energy, BrightSource Energy, Bechtel Corporation, heliostats, California clean energy, carbon emissions, solar thermal plants, solar steam turbines, green technology

The world’s largest solar thermal plant, Ivanpah [1], reached a major milestone this month as it achieved its first “flux”. Over 1000 heliostats [2] (plane mirrors that reflect sunlight towards a predetermined target) focused on to the plant’s solar receiver and heated water inside a boiler to below the point of steam generation, proving the plant is ready to enter commercial operation. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the solar thermal power plant is expected to offset millions of tons of carbon emission [3].


Ivanpah Solar Thermal Plant , California solar plants, NRG Energy, US solar energy, BrightSource Energy, Bechtel Corporation, heliostats, California clean energy, carbon emissions, solar thermal plants, solar steam turbines, green technology [4]

The 377 MW Ivanpah project is owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy [5] and is being constructed by Bechtel Corporation. The plant uses more than 300,000 mirrors to direct the sun’s energy toward three centrally positioned towers and produces enough electricity to power 140,000 U.S. homes. Ivanpah’s Unit 1 is nearly 90 percent complete, while Units 2 and 3 are more than 70 percent complete, according to the project’s official site.

The next phase of the project will include testing steam pressure and placing additional flux on the boilers. In preparation for the official start of operation, the team will test the system by running steam through the pipes which will clear any debris and prevent eventual damages of the steam turbine [6]s, said Gil Kroyzer, VP Modeling & Solar Field Design, BrightSource Energy, the technology provider for the project.

+ Ivanpah Project [7]

Via CleanTechnica [8]

Photos from BrightSource Energy [9] Flickr Page


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/ivanpah-the-worlds-largest-solar-thermal-plant-passes-first-solar-capacity-test/

URLs in this post:

[1] Ivanpah: http://inhabitat.com/tag/ivanpah-solar-electric-generating-system/

[2] heliostats: http://inhabitat.com/easy-to-use-sunflower-heliostat-provides-up-to-500-watts-of-sun-energy-for-homes/

[3] carbon emission: http://inhabitat.com/california-sets-a-new-record-for-winter-solar-power-generation/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/03/Ivanpah-Solar-Thermal-Plant-1.jpg

[5] BrightSource Energy: http://inhabitat.com/brightsource-energy-gets-1-4-billion-loan-for-massive-solar-thermal-complex/brightsource-ed02/

[6] steam turbine: http://inhabitat.com/the-alaskan-brewing-company-runs-on-energy-generated-by-its-own-beer/

[7] + Ivanpah Project: http://ivanpahsolar.com/ivanpah-project-reaches-first-flux-milestone

[8] CleanTechnica: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/03/ivanpah-the-worlds-largest-solar-thermal-power-plant-passes-its-first-functional-test/#3J1YU1kQ5Eb1r20r.99

[9] BrightSource Energy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightsourceenergy/7178491697/in/photostream/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.