08 Jul '15, 7pm

GlassPoint Is Building the World’s Largest Solar Project in an Omani Oil Field

GlassPoint Is Building the World’s Largest Solar Project in an Omani Oil Field

GlassPoint’s greenhouse-enclosed parabolic solar troughs use mirrors to focus sunlight on a tube containing water, yielding high-pressure steam, which is injected into an oil reservoir to heat heavy oil. The greenhouse shields the mirrors from the desert elements, and an automated washing system cleans the glass. One of the cost drivers in a traditional concentrated solar power (CSP) project is building the system to withstand wind -- strong foundations require more steel and concrete. GlassPoint's CSP system is enclosed in an agricultural greenhouse, which allows for cheaper, thinner mirrors and "half the amount of steel and aluminum" of an outdoor solar field, according to the company.

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/GlassPoint-is...

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