This month the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station enters its fourth year of producing clean energy for California’s electricity grid. The sprawling site, located in California’s Mojave Desert, spans 3,500 acres and features one of the world’s most innovative and fascinating power production facilities. For Ivanpah’s third anniversary, we [...]
The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday. After fine-tuning the complex facility that uses 170,000 mirrors, output [...]
This summer, the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) announced the results of a peer-reviewed study that examined a variety of remote sensing and sampling techniques. Their objective: To determine which technology might be most effective for monitoring how solar power facilities impact flying animals. Among the study’s findings, detailed in a press [...]
Now in its third year of operation, Ivanpah set new production records throughout the summer of 2016. July proved to be the best month yet, with 98,849 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity produced from all three units. Energy delivered in July represented a 60% increase over July 2015 (61,681 MWh) and a 175% [...]
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California (US), the world’s largest solar power plant, is a concentrating solar power (CSP) complex that uses more than 300,000 mirrors to generate electricity. On 19 May when a small fire shut down a generating tower the mainstream press jumped on the news [...]
The tower damaged by fire last Thursday at the 392-MW Ivanpah concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in California could resume work in three weeks, the Associated Press (AP) said. Measures have been taken to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, David Knox, spokesman for NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), was [...]
In 2015, PG&E customers received about 97% of Ivanpah’s contracted electrons, which is a massive improvement over its first year. But this raises a question: Source: SEC/EIA data Unit 1, Unit 3 What exactly were the engineering challenges at Ivanpah – and why did they take a year to solve? To find out, I spoke with engineering experts at NRG, [...]
The use of gas for generation at the world’s largest direct steam solar tower has never exceeded 5 percent, according to newly released data from NRG and confirmed by EIA and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Data Source: EIA, NRG At the 377 MW Ivanpah CSP project, the use of natural gas is limited [...]
As a leading enterprise in Concentrated Solar Power industry, a foreign company with its global strategic focus deeply rooted in China CSP market, because of Ivanpah, BrightSource is widely recognized by CSP industry for its innovative application of tower technology at commercial scale; it is also rightly because of Ivanpah, [...]
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant, generated 67,300 megawatt-hours electricity in February, up from about 30,300 a year earlier, according to NRG Energy Inc., which operates the faculty and co-owns it with BrightSource Energy Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. The operator of a massive [...]
One of the most ambitious solar energy projects on the planet is in trouble. The $2.2 billion Ivanpah concentrated solar power facility in California has fallen well short of its expected power output and now has a year to get itself back on track, or it risks being forced to [...]
Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Power Production Up 170% in 2015, An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has returned attention to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the $2.2 billion Department of Energy-backed concentrated solar power plant.
Far from the “28,000 fried birds!!” touted by desert solar opponents, the Ivanpah solar power tower project yielded only 695 actual avian detections in its first year of operations.