Zach

Zach

Posted on 01/25/2014


Photo taken on November 22, 2011



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Agfa
CA
N&B
Noir et Blanc
100 ISO
F100
100 ASA
schwartzweiss
solar power
APX-100
Sierra SunTower
Lancaster
SW
Nikon
monochrome
black and white
35mm
greyscale
blanco y negro
graustufen
grayscale
BW
B&W
California
USA
eSolar


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Sierra SunTower solar power plant

Sierra SunTower solar power plant
24,000 mirrors reflect sunlight onto 2 towers to heat water and create steam (at a temperature of 440º C or 824º F) which runs a refurbished 1947 General Electric turbine generator through two 65-ton natural recirculation thermal receivers. The 5 megawatt plant supplies electricity to 4,000 Southern California Edison customers (through a power purchase agreement) and is the only operating solar thermal power tower plant in the United States. Spread over 20 acres (8.1 Hectares), it runs with a mere 21 employees.

Created by eSolar (3355 W. Empire Avenue, Burbank, California) which claims that the plant reduces CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons (7,112 Metric tons) per year. This is the annual equivalent of:

• Planting 5,265 acres (2,131 Hectares) of trees
• Removing 1,368 automobiles from the road
• Saving 650,000 gallons (2,460,518 Liters) of gasoline

Lancaster, California

34.731764,-118.137724

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Clint
Clint
I wonder how much water it uses.
4 years ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
How do pilots deal with the reflection?
4 years ago.
Zach
Zach
Water consumption was never mentioned by eSolar. Reflection should not (theoretically) be a problem since the mirrors move to keep the sun focused on one of the towers. But there's always going to be a few misaligned.
4 years ago.