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World's largest thermal solar power plant

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by David99, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Zapped

    Zapped Model S - PURE EV

    Aug 8, 2012
    YEG <-> PSP
    I drove by there with the Model S on the way to Vegas, November 2014. It was operational since September.

    Amazing to see right off the highway just before PRIM

    No cooling tower, no smoke stack, no tail pipe just like the TESLA.:smile:
  2. mitch672

    mitch672 Active Member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Stoughton, MA
    That is very impressive. Now what can we come up with for the rest of the country? Weather / Land for that installation is great for deserts, so CA, AZ, NM etc. we still need a breakthrough in fusion, for other areas.

    Btw, take the tour and watch the videos: BrightSource Ivanpah | Proven Leadership in Solar Energy
  3. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

    Jul 6, 2011
    #4 VolkerP, Feb 19, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
    Thermal solar, as all thermal power plants, requires cooling of the "work medium" after it passes thru the steam turbines. The ABENGOA plant in Spain uses evaporating cooling towers. How does the Ivanpah plant work? From the pictures I think there is some cooling installed atop of the power house.
    Using water evaporators as cooling is a significant water usage, which can be a problem in dry areas.

    Edit: found it in English wikipedia article:
    • Informative x 1
  4. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR

    Nov 13, 2009
    #5 stevezzzz, Feb 19, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014
    I saw these plants from 35,000' last month en route to SoCal from Denver. We passed to the south at midday and it looked like miniature suns shining on the desert floor.
  5. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29, M3P 80k

    Mar 24, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    I did an Angel Flight today and got a couple of OK pictures of the Inyokern plant(s). Note the high cloud... it didn't even count as a very sunny day! I'm guessing I was about 30 miles away at the time(s). IMG_0423.jpg IMG_0429.jpg

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