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How eSolar's Prefab Plants Can Deliver "At Market Prices Today"

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Some very interesting people are saying some very interesting things about eSolar these days. Bill Gross, the founder of IdeaLab, which incubated CitySearch, Picasa, and Overture, for example, has said, "eSolars primary business goal is nothing short of making solar electricity for less than the price of coal, without subsidies. This is not only attainable, but will truly change the world.

And even more interesting, Bandel Carano, Managing Partner of www.wowgraphicdesigns.com Oak Investment Partners, said, eSolar is the only cost-effective solution that can deliver gigawatts of solar energy generation at market prices today, because they have developed a truly disruptive scalable solution that can be deployed rapidly.

Market Prices Today! Well, that's a claim that we don't often hear. And "Today" seems to be a bit of an overstatement, since eSolar is buy discount levitra still working on its first demonstration plant.

However, they've got some big names behind them, and I haven't even mentioned the generic viagra sale biggest...Google, who, along with IdeaLab and http://www.utahheritagefoundation.com/viagra-medication-online Oak Investment Partners, just plopped $130 M on eSolar, to help them develop and demonstrate their technology.

Now, lots of folks are working on concentrating solar power plants like these. Like all others, they basically use mirrors to concentrate the sun on a focal point. That heat then directly vaporizes water, turning a turbine, or is transported (via synthetic oil) to a central location, where the water is vaporized.

But eSolar has taken an interesting route. Instead of trying to maximize the efficiency of its process, they look to be trying to minimize the costs of construction, deployment, and connection to the grid.

By creating their power plants as small, modular entities, they can:

  1. Make each plant the perfect size (in 33 MW chunks) for any market
  2. Locate their power plants close to overnight viagra centers of low cost canadian viagra need, eliminating need for expensive new power lines
  3. Use the cheap online levitra same design for thousands of power plants, eliminating costs.
  4. Decrease the amount of concrete, steel, and heavy construction materials needed
  5. Create economies of scale by having every small part duplicated thousands of times by global manufacturers
  6. Vastly reduce installation time, but delivering shipping-container-sized, prefabricated heliostats straight to the job site.
  7. Solutions for any sized market, from 33 to 500 MW

And they're doing it, too. They'll have their first plant online in California later this year, and they've secured the land and transmission rights to install a gigawatt of capacity in the Southwest United States already. And, in sunny areas, they seem certain that they will be able to be the same price, or cheaper, than natural gas peaker plants. If that's the case, eSolar could be seeing a lot of business...and those bigwigs with their big dollars are going to be seeing some good returns on their $130 M.

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written by snooj, April 28, 2008
I hope some day to see a different approach from this industry. When it comes to aurigae.com a steam plant, the only real variable is the fuel input to turn water to steam (burn coal, burn gas, split atoms, burn tires…). After a CSP plant like this is constructed it simply displaces the highest cost producer from the top of the buy real cialis on-peak stack (generally gas SS). I listen quite a bit to people talking about GHGs and the effect on the climate. It would seem to me then that if you are trying to pass legislation to reduce the CO2 per MWh from the stack you would put together legislation that would not only promote renewable generation but also promote generation that displaces the dirties portion of india cheap viagra the stack (coal). Legislation written differently for this technology seems to fit both. The technology really doesn’t produce electricity “at market prices today”, it gives BTU’s to a power plant at a cost that is competitive with BTU’s from traditional fuel sources. If this technology were to be deployed next to real pharmacy discount a baseload coal station it could be used as a last stage feedwater heater. This would displace coal 1:1. In this scenario the CSP technology would not have any of the BOP costs associated with a new plant construction (steam generators, condensers, generators, switchgear…) and also eliminate the need to wait for the interconnection queue to get to you (currently > 18 months in PJM). It would also not have the online pharmacy viagra uk inefficiencies associated with changes in light intensity or the cost associated with thermal storage. I guess it is probably a pipe dream to hope that legislators will come up with rules/regulations that promote efficient solutions to problems.
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written by Name, July 07, 2008
How about a few more acronyms on that last post.

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