05 Jul '11, 8pm

Groundbreaking solar plant in Spain generates 24 hours of power:

Groundbreaking solar plant in Spain generates 24 hours of power:

Photo: Torresol Energy Cross-posted from Climate Progress . While Americans celebrated U.S. history on the Fourth of July yesterday, a company in Spain celebrated an historic moment for the solar industry: Torresol's 19.9 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power plant became the first ever to generate uninterrupted electricity for 24 hours straight. The plant uses a Power Tower design which features a field of 2,650 mirrors that concentrate sunlight onto a boiler in a central receiver tower. The plant also utilizes molten salt as a heat transfer fluid that allows it to generate electricity when there's no sunlight. Recharge News reported on the milestone: After commissioning in May, the plant was finally ready to operate at full-blast in late June and benefited from a particularly sunny stretch of weather, according to Diego Ramirez, director of production at Torresol. "The...

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