Developers of the Ivanpah power tower project say the plant “produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synced to the power grid for the first time.”
Colorado researchers say they’ve figured how to use heat generated from the reflected light of thousands of mirrors to drive chemical reactions that split water.
Awesome or a blight on the desert? See Ivanpah, near completion in the Mojave, in all its glory.
SolarReserve reports that the receiving unit for its Crescent Dunes solar power tower, with molten salt storage tech, is in place.
The massive Ivanpah power-tower solar energy plant is in the home stretch of development, having achieved “first flux,” BrightSource Energy says.
California regulators approve a power-tower solar plant with energy storage, saying the ability to produce power on demand justifies its high price.
Some say CSP can’t compete with cheap PV, but the industry points to studies showing cost advantages when thermal storage is employed.
Abengoa takes its solar power tower technology outside Spain, starting work on a 50 megawatt project in South Africa, which is also getting a 100 MW parabolic trough plant.
Concentrating solar might be struggling, but BrightSource Energy just raised $80 million in equity investment, and won regulator approval for two (of five) power purchase deals.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official wants new power tower solar plant approvals delayed until monitoring data on their avian impacts comes in.