Yes, they say they’re ready to flip the switch on Ivanpah! Do you remember the game of MYST? The eerie silence, and monoliths of the past, will Ivanpah be part of some future game?
Isn’t it time to step forward and see if you can predict the efficiency of this power plant?
Here’s info from the NREL, does this plant have a natural gas turbine on site for back up? They make it sound that way… http://www.nrel.gov/csp/solarpaces/project_detail.cfm/projectID=62
The cocksure know it’s a great idea, they have no need for chalk. The banker only cares if there is someone on the hook to pay whether it be a good idea or not.
Mother Nature almost always delivers a surprise, she’s complicated, and often trips up men who want so badly to believe.
I muse: When you double the cost of a KWH, just how much emissions do you create with the added efforts of the Rate Payers to earn the extra money?
A recent muse of mine follows .. and yes! I would love your prediction!
Unless you can seal the concentrating section off from earth’s environment, you will have a plant degraded by all those little things mother nature challenges you with, AND when you change the environment as they have done here, it may take 5 years to see all the new residents show up that you either wittingly or unwittingly invited in. An example, the mirrors give cover, they will likely act as a ‘cover crop’ and allow new species of plant to grow, with these, a further change in soil moisture, and what bugs will move in? What rodents will show up to chew on cables, and what raptors to hunt the rodents. Have you ever seen an owl poop? Will this facility in the desert be a little like an artificial reef under the sea? What all moves in and sets up house? The cocksure have faith that the income will be great enough to tender maintenance and make a handsome profit. The Banker? He has no concern for the mechanics, he only notes that the project is underwritten by the public purse, and you are stuck with payment no matter how bad or good the idea.
Here’s some thoughts.. and don’t you know it will be a bad omen IF there is no meter the public can access to watch power production hours and days, and spreadsheet data that might show us that efforts are in place to maintain the plant at efficiencies promised.
So, now it’s your turn, is Ivanpah just a test site, or a proven concept with a guaranteed outcome as per the cost of a MWH? If it’s a test site, it’s a big one! feel free to share a link of Ivanpah coverage, both pro and con..
Let me share this one http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/bright-lights-dim-idea.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+powerlineblog%2Flivefeed+%28Power+Line%29&ModPagespeed=noscript