Solar can deliver baseload power

July 25, 2011   Posted by: admin

I believe someone posted a comment earlier this week, arguing that solar would never be able to replace fossil fuels as it could not deliver baseload power to the grid. Well, the future has arrived. Spain’s Gemasolar array does just that! The 19.9MW solar concentrating power plant located in Spain’s Adalucia province uses two tankes of molten salt (MSES) to store the energy generated throughout the day.

This stored energy allows the plant to fulfil the peak energy requirements of summer long after the sun goes down. The molten salt “battery” consists of 60% potassium nitrate and 40% sodium nitrate and has the ability to retain 99% of the heat energy generated by the concentrating solar power plant for later reuse, and lasts for up to 15 hours. The plant is expected to produce ~110,000 MWh of energy each year, enough to power 25,000 homes. This is the first true 24/7 solar power plant in the world, and a good case study for what is possible.  Continue Reading…

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July 17, 2011   Posted by: admin

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July 17, 2011   Posted by: admin

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Media Coverage

July 13, 2011   Posted by: admin

This post serves as an ongoing collection of news stories related to the carbon pricing scheme.

Economists slam Abbott’s carbon plans“, Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittins
Abbott’s climate plan fails the test, Sydney Morning Herald, Pete Martin
Facts assail Abbott’s Chicken Little act The Age, Lenore Taylor

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