03 Aug '11, 4pm

BrightSource Adds Storage to Its Solar Thermal CSP: A common refrain about the limitations of solar power is t...

BrightSource Adds Storage to Its Solar Thermal CSP: A common refrain about the limitations of solar power is t...

CSP power tower plant in Seville, Spain offers 24 hours of uninterrupted operation . The 19.9-megawatt steam turbine can supply electricity to a population of 25,000 households using a 140-meter-tall tower and a field using 2,650 heliostats. That's small by the standards of BrightSource Energy 's Ivanpah One installation, with its more than 300 megawatts and 173,000 heliostats. Molten salt storage has been used with trough CSP systems, but Gemasolar is the first plant to use the thermal-storage system in a central "power tower" and heliostat architecture. And now BrightSource is joining that list. This accomplishment would seem to change the real practicality of solar power if the costs are right. Brett Prior, a senior solar analyst at GTM Research, has looked at the LCOE economics of CSP in a recent report, Concentrating Solar Power 2011: Technology, Costs and Markets . C...

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