World’s largest solar plant in pictures

February 13th, 2014 § 2 comments

The Verge has a nice collection of photos of the Ivanpah solar plant that officially started operations today in the Mojave Desert. Ironic that the latest high-tech power plant is really just a steam engine; technology that has been around for over 2000 years.

The mirrors on the ground reflect sunlight onto the tower to heat water which turns to steam and powers a turbine.

High tech steam engine: the mirrors on the ground reflect sunlight onto the tower to heat water which turns to steam and powers a turbine.

The rest of the photos can be found here.

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  • B says:

    Yeah, it’s just so completely massive … has a lot of environmental impacts that were rammed through without much thought. Frying birds and “relocating” tortoises, impacts that could have been mitigated more effectively. As you can see, those panels look just like water from above …

    • Thomas Paine says:

      There are always going to be drawbacks and hopefully we can learn from the mistakes of this plant but I’m still glad it’s up and running. We need to build more solar plants as quickly as possible or we are going to have much bigger problems on our hands.

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