Baseload solar in Italy


in Economics, The environment

I mentioned before how, by using molten salt as a heat collecting medium, concentrating solar power plants can achieve higher temperatures and continue to produce electricity after dark. Now, the first facility with that capability is being built.

The Archimede Solar Thermal Power Plant is being built in Italy, at a cost of 60 million Euros. It will put out only five megawatts of power (as much as three and a half large wind turbines), but hopefully it will serve as a proof of concept for more ambitious facilities.

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R.K. July 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

60 million Euros for 5MW of output seems extremely expensive. Is the plant able to put out 5MW at all times of day and night, at least?

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