The world’s largest solar power plant Ivanpah start the power supply




In California’s Mojave Desert started operating the world’s largest solar power plant Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, generating energy from the heat, which warms the Earth bestows upon its shining. The area of ​​the giant “mirror” is more than 14 square kilometers. The power plant was built with the support of powerful corporations like Google, BrightSource Energy and Bechtel. Yes, it’s not sunny flashlight ! This is a breakthrough to new horizons of humanity to develop renewable energy sources.

Солнечная электростанция Ivanpah

The power plant was built on the investor companies provided at the federal level, public land. The first of the three towers Ivanpah already supplies the power. When the station will work at their full strength, it will generate 392 megawatts of electricity. This is enough to supply power to 140,000 homes and will annually save 400,000 tons of coal. Charlie tuning fork on the resource inhabitat told the English-speaking audience that technological dream became a reality, accompanied by a note his remarkable photographs of the solar power plant.

Ivanpah consists of 300,000 solar mirrors (heliostats). Surrounded by these heliostats rise almost 140 meters three towers. Sunlight entering the mirrors, heats the water contained in the towers. The result is a highly-heated steam to drive turbines producing energy.

The energy of the first of the unit will be sold to companies California’s Pacific Gas and Electric. The same company and the electricity will be supplied from the third module of the station, which will be commissioned in a few months. The second module, which will soon be operational, the company will supply electricity to Southern California Edison.

Construction was started in 2010. The first time Ivanpah tested for performance in March 2013 year. The test, conducted September 24, 2013 for the first time launched a flow of electricity through wires.

Not without its critics. Some wonder why water is used instead of photovoltaic cells. Others worried about the impact on the nature of power, particularly on the population of desert tortoises.

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