Archive for the ‘Solar’ Category
Good to see news sites like Talking Points Memo Idealab covering our recent announcement on AREVA Solar and the Arizona’s Tuscon Electric Power:
A coal-fired electrical plant in Tucson, Ariz., is going green — or at least “greener” — partnering with a French, state-owned nuclear company to install a solar add-on that will generate enough clean electricity to power 600 homes using high-pressure, superheated steam warmed by a series of mirrors.
The new solar project is expected to begin construction in Spring 2012 and to be up and running at the current H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station in Tucson by 2013, according to a news release from plant operator Tucson Electric Power and AREVA, the French energy company behind the solar technology.
“Solar booster projects like this are gaining momentum in the United States and around the world as a way to leverage existing power infrastructure to provide needed energy with no new emissions,” said Bill Gallo, CEO of AREVA Solar, in the joint news release on Tuesday.
You can read the entire article here.
Blogger Ben Heard recently posted about solar power and AREVA on his Southern Australian blog, Decarbonize SA. He noted that AREVA Renewables, which was awarded funding under the Australian Government Solar Flagships Program for our 250-megawatt Solar Dawn concept, was part of the larger AREVA family (including nuclear power), and rhetorically asked if that put us in the category of “Saint” or “Sinner” or “Just Big Business.” Here’s where he settled:
Those who retain concerns that nuclear power is “big business”, and seek to buck the system by insisting on renewables, please just be aware of the following. Billion dollar energy investments, such as we need to decarbonise, whatever the technology, is nothing but big business.
Corporations are the vehicles for getting things like that done, be it solar, nuclear or other. In all cases, we deserve vigilant governance to ensure citizens get the best outcome. That is irrespective of the technology.
Indeed, we’ve long been clean energy fans; believing that large-scale, low-carbon power production with nuclear and renewables was both crucial and good for the planet, and good for jobs, the economy and business.
By Katherine Berezowskyj
Now that last week’s scorching summer heat has subsided, Americans might be little less “hot headed” about a discussion on the benefits of the sun’s rays. Yes, that’s right. The same sunshine that caused you to sweat profusely at the thought of getting into your car and kept your air-conditioning running full blast also provided some of the very same electricity through solar power.
There are several different ways to harness the solar radiation, but one of the most cost-effective and land-efficient is Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). It functions just as the name indicates by concentrating sunlight to boil the water and generate high-pressure steam for direct use in power generation.
In an excellent article, Barbara Lydick examines California’s challenges of water scarcity, purity and recovery with insightful commentary and vision.
Marrying zero-carbon solar energy and low-emission gas will be critical to meeting our growing energy demands in a sustainable and economical way. Today, this application got a shot in the arm with the green lighting of the world’s largest solar-gas hybrid plant. As part of its Solar Flagships Program, the Australian government selected the proposed 250MW ‘Solar Dawn’ solar thermal-gas hybrid power plant to be its preferred solar thermal power project. The Australian Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced their commitment to contribute AUS$464 million and AUS$75 million, respectively, to the project. It will utilize AREVA’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector technology.
The Solar Flagships Program aims to provide the foundation for large-scale, grid-connected solar power and accelerate the commercialization of solar power in Australia. It is a key component of the Australian Governments AUS$5 billion Clean Energy Initiative.
Coming on the heels of AREVA’s Kogan Creek booster project announcement in April, the ‘Solar Dawn’ project is led by a consortium of AREVA Solar, CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP. Today’s funding announcement follows the completion of feasibility and design studies by the consortium members and will now allow for project development and contractual processes to be completed by year’s end.
AREVA Solar CEO Bill Gallo commended the Australian government on its vision for a low-carbon economy and explained the significance of this milestone power project:
The Solar Flagships Program demonstrates the Australian government’s support for renewable energy. This announcement represents another significant milestone in the creation of a world-class clean energy industry in Australia.
Solar Dawn will be an international showcase for the nation, using Australia’s abundant solar resource and AREVA Solar’s Australian-pioneered Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector technology to combine zero-carbon solar energy with a low-emission, gas boiler back-up system to efficiently produce clean, reliable power to meet growing energy demand.
Once completed, the project will be one of the most sustainable power plants in the world. Its simple, innovative design will even deliver energy when the sun isn’t shining.
Moving forward, the ‘Solar Dawn’ consortium is set to work closely with key government, business and community stakeholders to finalize all relevant approvals and financing plans, including engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance contracts. The project’s formal announcement can be found here.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently released the Results Book (PDF), a compilation of facts, ideas, perspectives and predictions from solar industry executives and senior decision-makers attending the Solar Leadership Forum. This first-of-its-kind event, hosted by BNEF earlier this year, gathered thought leaders from around the world to debate the industry’s future in the near term and beyond.
The Results Book includes AREVA Solar’s perspective on fulfilling the promise of concentrated solar power and details about the latest advances for the company’s proven Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar thermal technology.
AREVA Solar CEO Bill Gallo is quoted saying:
“Innovation and commercialization are tied together. The concentrated solar thermal industry must continue to innovate while we commercialize, deploy and scale our technologies. This will drive us to grid parity, which is more than just the price of electricity. Grid parity is about stability, reliability and the true costs of land, water and emissions. These are among the key factors that will determine our success as an industry and our ability to play a larger role in energy markets around the world.”
The participants made other important observations, as well. For example, although the solar industry still needs market support mechanisms to maintain growth, excessive financial incentives are not only unnecessary, but can also be problematic. What is most important is stability, like other energy sectors enjoy, not generosity.
In summary, executives at the Solar Leadership Forum concluded that above all else, innovation and dynamic business models are the keys to success for the solar industry.
Dr. Gleckman brings a strong background in optical engineering to AREVA Solar. He previously served as a member of Google’s renewable energy research group, where he led the solar Brayton Cycle (operation of a gas turbine engine) receiver program. He also held an appointment as a visiting scientist in the Materials Science department at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Dr. Gleckman’s prior commercial solar energy experience includes management of the R&D groups at two Idealab companies.
AREVA Solar CEO Bill Gallo stated:
“AREVA Solar provides world-class concentrated solar power technology for a global customer base. Based on Dr. Gleckman’s previous success in developing leading-edge solar technology, we plan to put his knowledge to work for AREVA Solar as we continue to advance our CLFR technology and develop our rapidly expanding project pipeline.”
Gleckman will lead R&D efforts that will further enhance AREVA Solar’s CLFR offering – already the most land-efficient solar technology available on the market and a solution that can address the needs of both global power generation customers and industrial processes.
Along with an assortment of pouched mammals and Vegemite sandwiches, the Land Down Under will soon have the unique distinction of the world’s largest solar booster connected to an existing coal-fired power plant. As announced today by the Queensland government and CS Energy, AREVA Solar will begin construction of the 44MW solar field this coming summer at the 750MW Kogan Creek coal-fired plant, with the solar plant feeding superheated steam into the coal plant’s power block beginning in 2013. This project represents the largest deployment of AREVA’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar thermal technology in the world.
Why wed solar steam to coal?
CS Energy Chief Executive David Brown gives an answer:
“The Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project will generate additional electricity to help meet Queensland’s growing energy demand. By using energy from the sun with AREVA’s solar booster application, we will make the coal-fired plant more fuel-efficient and reduce its greenhouse intensity – avoiding the production of 35,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.”
AREVA Solar CEO Bill Gallo describes why the company’s proven CLFR technology was selected for this ground-breaking project:
“The innovative solar project will use AREVA’s CLFR superheated solar steam technology to boost the power station’s steam generation system, reliably increasing its electrical output and fuel efficiency. This will be achieved by supplying additional steam to the power station’s turbine, supplementing the conventional coal-fired steam generation process. The technology uses heat from the sun to convert water to steam, with zero emissions.
“AREVA Solar’s CLFR technology is water-conservative and the most land-efficient renewable energy technology available. The solar steam generators and accompanying system are expected to occupy approximately 75 acres of land within the current boundaries of the CS Energy site.”
Generating more power without more emissions is a key benefit of AREVA’s low carbon energy technology portfolio. This type of solar thermal project – for which AREVA Solar has seen growing demand from utilities in Australia, United States and around the world – is a tangible example of how AREVA is leading efforts to achieve a clean energy future.
It’s possible, and soon will be probable as AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group (FNEG) develop the state’s first Clean Energy Park in Fresno, California.
In today’s announcement, AREVA signed a contract with FNEG to conduct feasibility assessments and initiate the first phase of the Fresno Clean Energy Park. This innovative business model concept envisions a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant powering a water processing plant integrated with a waste water treatment facility. That means clean water.
“We are developing the Fresno Clean Energy Park,” said John Hutson, president of FNEG, “to meet our region’s most serious needs: creating a stable supply of clean water for the Central Valley and meeting the state’s growing energy demands with clean energy sources.”
Along with the ultimate goal of 1 million acre-feet of clean, reliable water each year, the Clean Energy Park will also generate 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, 200 long-term jobs while in operation, and millions of dollars in regional economic investment.
All from a single clean energy project.
Read more about the Clean Energy Park business model for low carbon power generation and AREVA’s nuclear and renewables energy portfolio, including solar power, offshore wind power, biomass power, and hydrogen power and distribution.