Tuesday, September 27, 2005

They must be Giants

And the big solar beat goes on:

Iberdrola Proceeds with Nine Solar Thermal Electric Plants
Madrid, Spain
September 20, 2005

Spanish utility, Iberdrola is developing nine solar thermoelectric power projects in Spain with combined capacity of 450 MW. The company says that it aims to have 5,500 MW in renewables by 2008, of which 1,000 MW will be installed abroad.

The nine projects consist of thermosolar plants using parabolic trough collectors, which heat a fluid by focusing solar radiation on a given point to produce steam, with the ultimate aim of generating electricity. Solar radiation is concentrated using collectors with a selective surface.

Oil flows through an absorber tube placed in the focal point of the parabola. Radiation is reflected onto this tube, heating the oil inside to around 390ºC. When it is hot, the thermal oil flows to an oil-water heat exchanger, where it generates steam, which subsequently powers a conventional turbine.

Altogether, these solar power plants will have an installed capacity of 450 MW, exceeding the power of a thermal plant, with the added advantage of using an entirely clean technology harnessing a renewable source of energy that is abundant in Spain.

IBERDROLA’s strategy of growing in the RES sector is part and parcel of its commitment to the environment and sustainable development and is also in keeping with compliance with the Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Directive.

The company pioneered the development of clean energies, free of greenhouse gases, starting with its historic commitment to hydroelectric power from its founding over 100 years ago. "

With this announcement, total solar power plant development is approaching

3 Gigawatts.

And that is in the last 3 months.

Interestingly, this kind of power plant has been the most successful solar power plant to date. The plants like this in the deserts of California are still operating since they came on line over 20 years ago. The technology is proven.

The deep solution to terrorism, war, and this dog eat dog world of resource addiction and international aggression is reasonably straight forward. It's really not that complicated. We don't need fuel cells, even though they will be nice someday. We don't need fuel from french fries. We don't need solar that doesn't pay out. We don't need more coal plants and we certainly don't need more nuclear plants. In fact, if the POTUS really has his Jimmy Carter sweater on, he will make the burning of any fossil fuel a crime.

If we build gigantic solar plants that convert the light into energy.

If we erect gigantic wind turbines that convert the energy around us,

If we produce a power paint that makes all structure photonic converters,

If we develop transportation devices that can use this electrical fuel,

If we develop turbines that run on hydrogen created from renewables,

If we make our homes and offices smart and energy efficient,

If we once again build our cities for the human instead of the car,

We can bring the troops home,

We can sign any climate treaty we want,

We can have our crude awakening without killing everyone and thing

around us.

And we can begin to deal with the real enemy,

Which is, as Pogo said,


Such a great people would be giants.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would the orange curtain be Christo's?
I hope this energy source comes about in our lifetimes. It seems like such a hopeful development.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post. Simple straight forward. Seems so do-able if we just get with the program.

I was speaking to a customer who said that no one else was doing anything about climate change either. Just shows what her sources are.

I did tell her that Europe had been ahead of us for years in both awareness and development.

7:55 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

yes FM, that is Christo. Somehow it just looked pretty and right at the end of this post.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice that there are seven points here that cover the plan. I think you should develop these out.

Some of us can only ready part of your mind.

10:35 AM  

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