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U.S. takes largest solar park in the world officially in use
In the United States, the largest solar park in the world officially inaugurated. The field of mirrors, which covers an area of about 13 square kilometers, is located on the border between the U.S. states of California and Nevada.
The solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, is owned by three parties, where Google is one of them, as reported Phys.org. The other two companies involved NRG Energy and BrightSource Energy. The energy is about 377 megawatts, which should be sufficient to supply power to 140,000 households.
For the entire solar power plant had a total of 2.2 billion dollars to be deposited, which is paid. By the three companies during construction Before were 350,000 mirrors arranged, which are controlled. Jointly by a computer These mirrors are focused on towers with boilers in which water is heated, inciting to turn turbines that generate electricity from steam. As a result, it is not for conventional solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity, but a concentrated solar power park.
The Ivanpah is currently the largest solar plant in the world, but it is likely that larger plants are opened shortly. At several sites are working on large solar power plants, including in India. The park would have a capacity of 4 gigawatts, significantly more than Ivanpah.
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