10 Jan '18, 6pm

World's Largest Solar Plant Secures Key Milestone in Development

South Australia—home to the world's largest battery —is one step closer to also hosting the world's largest solar thermal power plant following developmental approval from the state government. California-based SolarReserve is behind the $650 million, 150-megawatt "Aurora " project that will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. Solar thermal plants are different from traditional photovoltaic panels on rooftops and solar farms. These plants, also known as concentrated solar plants, consists of a large field of moveable mirrors, or heliostats, that concentrate the sun's rays to a central tower to heat up salt. This molten salt then produces superheated steam to drive a generator's turbines. The advantage of this type of power plant is how it can store several hours of energy, allowing for power usage when needed. Such a plant is crucial for South Australia, a stat...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/worlds-largest-solar-plant-25242...

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