Visit at several solar power plants
During a business trip on behalf of a
customer, several opportunities for visiting solar power plants
emerged. We saw Nevada Solar One in Boulder City, the Ivanpah Solar
Electric Generating System west of Las Vegas, the Kimberlina
Solar Thermal Energy Plant north of Bakersfield, the new enhanced oil
recovery facility at Berry Petroleum in Mckittrick, and eSolar's Sierra
Below a number of photos from the different visits:
Nevada Solar One by Acciona
The Nevada Solar One plant, outside of Boulder City,
NV, is the only recently-built parabolic trough plant in the US. It was
amazing how little visual impact the plant had, when seen from elevated
Boulder City, especially considering that a new 48MW PV facility opened
next door. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo to proof that point.
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System by Brightsource
a construction site. Fences were being installed during our visit. A
few days later, construction was halted due to a miscount of desert
tortoises in the project area.
Production of non-renewable energy in California
Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant by AREVA
Located outside of Bakersfield, this 5MW facility
provides steam augmentation to an existing conventionally-fuelled
EOR at Berry Petroleum by GlassPointGlasspoint unveiled this parabolic trough system earlier in 2011.
Berry Petroleum Company uses the system for enhanced oil recovery,
which makes it the only operational solar EOR project worldwide.
Sierra Sun Tower solar power plant by eSolar
eSolar unveiled the Sierra Sun Tower. At the time,
eSolar appeared to have been successful in developing a CSP technology
that would be scalable and realtively low cost.
However, so far no other projects of eSolar have materialized, and the
Sierra Sun Towers appear to be our of commercial service. Heliostats
were moving randomly about during our visit; neither of the two towers
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