Solar Thermal

Two CSP plants in California approved

The 500 MW Palen project will contain two adjacent and independent 250 MW units that will be built on public land between the cities of Indio and Blythe in Riverside Country. It will use parabolic trough technology where parabolic mirrors heat a heat-transfer oil which then is used to generate steam for a conventional steam turbine.

SOREL presents System Controller XHCC for solar thermal, space heating and cooling

Just in time for the ISH 2011 in Frankfurt, SOREL GmbH Mikroelektronik presents its new system controller XHCC for solar thermal, space heating and cooling.

15,000 solar thermal systems installed in Switzerland

<b>Solar thermal systems in Switzerland: in 2010, for the first time in years, there was no year-on-year increase in new installations.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Ernst Schweizer AG</i><br>

The systems have a total area of 140,000 m2. The new installations raise the total number of installed systems in Switzerland to 85,000 units with a total area of 800,000 m2.

Water heating tour in the US

<i>Photo: Cromagen</i>

During the United States High Efficiency Revolution Tour, which will be organised by A.O. Smith, the partners will work with educating distributors, wholesalers, contractors, plumbers, specifying engineers, builders and consumers about solar thermal water heating solutions.

Financing of Fresnel solar power station Puerto Errado 2 completed

<b>The plant Puerto Errado 2 is already under construction</b><br><br><i>Photo: Novatec</i>

The funds of 67 million euros will be provided by a consortium of three large European banks. There have already been other Fresnel solar power stations in the USA, in Spain and in Australia, but in contrast to PE2, all of them have a capacity in the low to medium single-digit MW range and can thus be classified as demonstration projects.

GE to integrate eSolar technology into Turkish power station

<b>The main block of the FlexEfficiency 50 power station: it has been specially designed for the combined use of natural gas and solar thermal energy.</b><br><i>Photo: GE</i>

Extending gas-fired power stations using solar thermal technology is not a new idea. There are already three such power stations in North Africa and one in Australia. At these power stations solar collectors provide heat and thus help to save fuel. GE's power station, however, will be the first to use solar tower technology.

BrightSource plans new 500 MW power tower plant


The intended location for the Hidden Hills project is in Inyo County in California, near the border to Nevada and about 45 miles west from Las Vegas. According to BrightSource, the Hidden Hills plant will drive down the costs for solar thermal electricity through economy of scale effects.