Crescent Dunes enters key phase

Developer SolarReserve says construction of its 110MW Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power project in Nevada has entered the commissioning stage, with full commercial operation on target for later this year.

Crescent Dunes is the first utility-scale solar facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities, according to SolarReserve.

As a result of the advanced energy storage technology, Crescent Dunes will generate more than 500,000 MWh per year, enough to power 75,000 homes during peak electricity periods.

This projected output is more than twice that of other technologies per MW of capacity, such as PV or direct steam solar thermal, the developer claims. If all goes as planned, there will be no need for any back-up fossil fuels such as natural gas, which Log in to read complete article.

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