Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google invests $168 Million in World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant.

 
Google has 'green' energy on their mind when they threw in $168-Million USD on the world's largest solar power tower plant, the ISEGS. Planned to be located on a 3,600 acres of land in the Mojave desert with a project completion set in 2013... 
..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... 
Solar power tower systems such as the ISEGS on the other hand focus a large area of sunlight into a single solar receiver on top of a tower to produce steam at high pressure and temperatures of up to 550 ° C (over 1,000° F) to drive a standard turbine and generator. The ISEGS also uses a dry-cooling technology that reduces water consumption by 90 percent and uses 95 percent less water than competing solar thermal technologies. Water is also recirculated during energy before being reused to clean the plant's mirrors.


via gizmag

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