Solana solar project
Parabolic troughs reflect sunlight to heat liquid carried through a tube above the troughs. That liquid is converted to steam, which drives a traditional electricity turbine.
One solar thermal power plant developer filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s. But the technology is making a serious comeback. Building a solar plant in Arizona is cost-effective compared with a natural gas plant, said David Jallo, project head for the 280-megawatt Solana project at Arizona Public Service. At a recent , Jallo attributed this to solar costs going down, while costs of natural gas plants are going up.
These concentrating solar power plants are best suited for desert areas, like the southwestern U.S. and parts of Spain.
May 26, 2008 6:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonicaElsa
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