Saturday, December 24, 2011

Google increases its commitment to the renewable solar thermal

Recently Google has announced that it will be a very important investment in a project of solar thermal energy. They are 168 million dollars, which constitutes its greatest economic bet on renewable energy, adding to the time the figure of $ 250 million.

The project in question is the Solar thermal power of Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah plant in the Desert of Majave, in the southwest of United States. The plant will have an installed capacity of 392 MW and is expected to be completed by 2013.

It will be composed of 173.000 heliostats of two mirrors that reflect and concentrate solar energy in the central tower. There the heat produces steam that will move the turbine, generating electricity.

At the same time, Google is working on the technological development of mirrors more efficient to enable future to reduce the costs of solar thermal. 

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