28 Sep '13, 2pm

CSP Progress Report: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I went on line and browsed at least two dozen sites/articles on the Solana plant and could not find what I submit is one of the most important and fundamental numbers for discussion on this plant and the whole future discussion of whether we can make intermittent renewables work or not ( I could have missed it). That very important number is how much true equivalent electrical storage do those two 122ft x 34ft molten salt tanks really have? This article and all others I have ever seen on storage anywhere, except one, will not give a true “energy” number. Energy numbers are in watt hours (Wh), kWh, MWh, etc. Notice that the standard party line from Abengoa, which is dispensed to all media, is a vague “6 hours” of storage. Six hours while delivering 10 MW?? Six hours while delivering 20MW? 100MW? What number is it? One of the biggest pitches on this plant is its storage capa...

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