Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Solar Thermal Power without Transmission?

Haven't seen any of these War-of-the-Worlds extras in the neighbor's backyard yet, but...
Infinia aims to deploy its Stirling dishes in smaller configurations so that solar power plants can be located near cities and at other sites that don’t require vast stretches of desert land where solar thermal plants are typically built. Each 21-foot-high, 15-foot-wide solar dish can generate 3-kilowatts... “We fly in the face of what has been the conventional wisdom in the solar thermal field that to be competitive you have to have a very large system,” says Sitton. “We can be deployed within city limits and be connected to existing transmission systems. No additional transmission capacity is required.” Another solar power plant play for Khosla, Idealab
Drove by Kramer Junction SEGS III, IV, V, VI,VII last Fall on way to & fro our Mt. Whitney climb.

And a lot more solar thermal is on the way...
PG&E Signs Agreement With Solel for 553 Megawatts of Solar Power
Solar power plants in the Mojave Desert
CSP Technologies Overview
Bureau of Land Management - Solar Energy

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