Giant Solar Farm Uses Molten Salt to Keep Power Flowing

Giant Solar Farm Uses Molten Salt to Keep Power Flowing

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Solana-Solar-power-plantRenewable energy could help underpin the grid now that the world’s biggest concentrated solar storage plant is up and running in Arizona. It’s a zero-carbon power plant that could underpin the energy grid of the future.

In the searing heat south-west of Phoenix, Arizona, 3000 mirrors carpet the desert. Part of a power plant that produces about 900 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power 70,000 homes.

Six enormous white tanks surround the platform. Filled with molten salt, they can store enough heat to keep those turbines spinning at full capacity for 6 hours.

(READ the story in the New Scientist)

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