The Oakland, CA based Solar Power company Bright Source Energy announced that it has applied to construct a giant 400 Mwatt (Dems a lotta watts) solar power plant near the Vegas/Cali border.
The surprising part is that this application represents the first time in over 17 years that a company has tried to build a solar power generator in California. They are planning on using their Luz II technology to build the plant. How does this sweet, sweet technology work you ask? Well I’ll tell you… poorly.
Ever seen that magnificent piece of crap ‘Sahara‘? You know the “evil hidden fortress” that’s an array of mirrors all pointing at a tower? Well that’s Luz II.
It’s simple yet elegant attack at solar by focusing a bunch of “heliostats” which is a fancy way of saying “A mirror you can aim” at a “receiver” which is a fancy way of saying “this tower we pump water through” … much like burning an ant with a magnifying glass. The result is a bunch of steam used to power generators like all the other power plants.
It’s the tracking technology of the mirrors and the receiver that is where all the R and D went, I think. It’s impressive to see I’m sure.]
Good job to Bright Source Energy for taking a giant leap toward sustainable energy!
Last modified: January 15, 2019