California’s BrightSource Energy inks deal for massive new solar farm in China

September 28, 2016 by  
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As part of the country’s ongoing bid to invest in renewable energy, China’s state-run utility this week inked a deal with Oakland-based BrightSource Energy to build a massive new solar mirror farm. The technology, which uses thousands of mirrors to concentrate sunlight and heat water to power a steam turbine, is the same design used in BrightSource’s Ivanpah power plant outside of Las Vegas. The main advantage of thermal solar plants over traditional solar panel arrays is that they’re able to generate far more power that photovoltaic panels. These power plants can be massive, producing hundreds of megawatts of energy – an advantage that makes them competitive with coal-burning plants in a way that many renewable plants aren’t yet. The Ivanpah plant produces a whopping 392 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 California homes. Another mirror farm under construction in Morroco, slated to the be world’s largest when complete, will generate 580 megawatts and serve 1.1 million people. Related: Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time This deal certainly won’t be the last of its kind for the Chinese government. Right now, BrightSource Energy is committed to a 135-megawatt pilot project in China’s northwest Qinghai province. It’s also going to include energy storage in the form of molten salt tanks, which are able to retain heat and produce power even after the sun has gone down. Another American company, SolarReserve, is also in the process of building a mirror farm in China. Related: Morocco switches on phase one of the world’s largest solar plant If it seems strange that these American companies are focusing on exporting their expertise abroad, it’s because the US has been slow to adopt the technology. Apart from a few high-profile projects like Ivanpah, thermal solar farms haven’t really taken off. That’s due in large part to a drop in costs for traditional solar panels and natural gas. Hopefully, as thermal solar plants gain acceptance in China and the rest of the world, they’ll see a resurgence in the US as well. Via Fortune Images via  BrightSource Energy

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China is building a massive 6,300 acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

August 5, 2015 by  
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While environment-related headlines regarding China often focus on the devastating smog that coats major cities in the nation, there’s reason for optimism where their energy-future is concerned: namely, the IEA expects that China will surpass the EU, US and Japan in renewable energy projects by 2035. And China has just broken ground on their most iconic renewable energy project yet; their first large-scale solar  farm, which will provide power for a whopping one million homes and slash coal usage by 4.26 million tons every year. Read the rest of China is building a massive 6,300 acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

August 20, 2014 by  
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What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by ? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and trade system for bird death. Ivanpah’s owners have decided that in order to offset the number of birds killed (one every two seconds) by the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, it will donate money to spay and neuter cats, which are notorious bird killers themselves. Read the rest of The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brightsource Energy , BrightSource energy Ivanpah , BrightSource Energy killing birds , Ivanpah , Ivanpah frying birds , Ivanpah killing birds , Ivanpah neutering cats , Ivanpah solar , Ivanpah solar plant , Ivanpah spaying cats , solar kills birds , world’s largest solar plant , worlds biggest solar

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online For the First Time

February 13, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online For the First Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , Brightsource Energy , california electric grid , california electricity , Google , heliostat , Ivanpah , mojave desert , natural gas fire plants , nrg energy , Solar Power , solar thermal plant , world’s largest solar thermal plant        

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Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

February 13, 2014 by  
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After years of unsuccessful cries for protection, some of South Africa’s threatened rhinos are finally being rescued. Conservationists have announced a plan to relocate the endangered animals to Botswana after repeated attempts to enact protections within their native country have failed. Last year alone over 1,000 rhinos were killed for their horns, which are in demand in many Asian countries. But despite conservationist’s attempts to curtail the slaughter, the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, it has only gotten much, much worse.  Read the rest of Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: &Beyond , conservation groups , conserving rhino populations , consevations groups protecting rhinos , Great Plains Conservation , protecting rhinos from poaching , relocating endagered animals , relocating rhinos , rhino conservation efforts , rhino horn , rhino horn Asia , rhino horn demand , rhino poaching , rhino poaching South Africa , rhino protection , Rhinos Relocated , rhinos relocated from South Africa , rhinos relocated to Botswana , South Africa poaching        

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Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert

October 22, 2013 by  
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Israel is blessed with abundant sunshine and has long been a pioneer in solar energy . With construction starting in early 2014 on a 121 Megawatt solar power station, the country will be taking a big step in achieving its goal of producing 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Ashalim power plant will be located in the Negev desert near Kibbutz Ashalim south of the city of Be’er Sheva, and when it’s completed in 2016 it will be the biggest solar power station in Israel with enough capacity to power 40,000 homes. The new solar station is being developed by Megalim Solar Power — a joint venture between U.S.-based solar power company Brightsource Energy and French power and transport company Alstom . Read the rest of Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alstom , Ashalim , Brightsource Energy , California , Israel , Ivanpah , Megalim , Negev , solar power station , solar-thermal energy        

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

March 18, 2013 by  
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Concentrating solar power companies  Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world’s largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located on federal land, and it’s being facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management. The 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System will create 2,000 new construction jobs, and it will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households. The project was unveiled just hours after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved 900 MW of solar development in California . Read the rest of World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Abengoa , Brightsource Energy , Bureau of Land Management , California , concentrating solar power , Interior Department , ken salazar , renewable energy , Riverside County , Solar Power , solar power tower , solar technology , solar tower

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

March 18, 2013 by  
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Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz  invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year’s Intel Science Talent Search . The Colorado Springs student claimed the $100,000 grand prize with her project, which uses artificial selection to pinpoint which organisms are churning out the most fuel. This new method not only helps to bring down the overall cost of algae biofuel , but it was developed primarily in her bedroom under a lofted bed! Read the rest of 17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acetyl-coa carboxylase , algae biofuel , colorado springs , enzyme , high school , intel , intel science talent search , pesticide , sara volz , sethoxydim , society for science & the public

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BrightSource to create a record by building second ambitious solar plant in California

August 9, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: BrightSource 500MW solar power plant A California-based company named BrightSource Energy has already gained recognition for being the first one to construct the biggest solar power plant in the United States in two decades and is now geared to commence a second such solar plant that will incorporate the latest cutting edge technology. The new solar plant called the ‘Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System’ spread out over 5.12 miles of land across the Mojave Desert in California and is proximate to the Nevada border, would be generating 500MW of energy and would be built in two phases yielding 250 MW each. This ambitious project has received approval from the California Energy Commission with BrightSource having already committed to delivering 2610 MW of energy to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. Solar power has a lot of scope and utilizing the sun’s abundant heat for powering cities altogether would certainly prove to be an effective solution for tackling global warming and the scarcity of oil since the reserves are getting depleted at an alarming rate. The solar thermal plant basically comprises of heliostats that actually resemble mirrors reflecting the sun’s rays onto a boiler that is filled with water and is located on top of a tower that is 750 feet high and is surrounded by 85 thousand heliostats. The steam that results due to this is used to operate a turbine that generate electricity. This second design of the solar plant is more effective as more energy is generated per acre as compared to the first one. It is expected that the first phase would start producing electricity towards the end of 2012, however, the entire project should be fully functional by 2015. Via: Forbes

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US to go beyond 1 GW of solar power capacity this year

October 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: US to surpass one gigawatt of installed, solar power-generating capacity this year. Researchers at the Solar Energy Industries Association and GreenTech Media Research are feeling elated over the prospect of going beyond the magical figure of one gigawatt this year

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