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Planned solar power plant in Chile able to generate electricity 24/7

Planned solar power plant in Chile able to generate electricity 24/7 | Energy Industry News | Scoop.it

A solar power plant is being planned for Chile that is designed to be able to generate electricity 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. How is this possible when the sun doesn’t shine at night? Well, the project will be a Concentrating Solar Plant (CSP), which means it will involve a form of energy storage that allows it to generate electricity through the night. The company plans to use molten salt for this purpose, as a heat transfer fluid.

To test the technology, Abengoa has been running a demo facility in Spain for some time. If it goes ahead, the commercial project in Chile will consist of 10,600 heliostats surrounding a central tower. The heliostats concentrate the sun’s rays toward the top of the tower.


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Climate Reach: The Rise of Renewables - The Stats and Facts of Renewable Energy

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 15, 2013 5:24 PM

Of all new electric generation capacity built in 2012, more than half was renewable. Growth isn't limited to developed economies either. Going back to 2007, developed countries invested two-and-a-half times more in renewables than developing nations. By 2012, that difference was only 15%.