China builds a mega CSP plant in the Gobi Desert
China is investing in huge Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants in the Gobi Desert.
The energy will supply 1 million households!
This Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) system, uses a vast array of mirrors spread across 6,300 acres.
Starting with 2 solar towers (135 MW), the whole plant will consist 6 towers and is set to go online in 2017.
This solar thermal system capture sunlight to heat liquids that can easily be stored to later run electricity generating engines. This is more practical than using mere photovoltaic solar panel technology that directly converts sunlight to electricity, which can not be stored for later use as easily as a thermal system’s heated liquids.
The designed heat storage is 15 hours, thus, it can guarantee stable, continual power generation for the region.
The ambitiously gargantuan Delingha facility is part of President Xi Jinping’s lofty goal to slash 20 percent of the country’s fossil fuel usage by 2030. China is increasing it’s solar power fast. The country became the world’s top renewable energy investor, devoting $83.3 billion to green power in 2014 alone.
- Pretty small-scale plug and play CSP application
- Solar Panels can be recycled
- Morocco: already 32% energy yield with the local integrationCSP solar plant Noor1
- CSP: Green Cucumbers from the Sahara
- Interest on investments Concentrated Solar Power Plant artificially high
- The Future Of Solar Energy by MIT
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