Solar central receiver technology: the Solar Two Project

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Solar Two will be the world`s largest operating solar central receiver power plant. It is expected to begin operating in April 1996; it is currently undergoing start-up and checkout. The plant will use sunlight reflected from 1926 sun-tracking mirrors to heat molten nitrate salt flowing in a heat exchanger (receiver) that sits atop a 200 foot tower. The heated salt will be stored in a tank for use, when needed, to generate superheated steam for producing electricity with a conventional Rankine-cycle turbine/generator. The purpose of the project is to validate molten-salt solar central receiver technology and to reduce the perceived ... continued below

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Sutherland, J.P. May 1, 1996.

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  • Sutherland, J.P. Southern California Edison Co., Irwindale, CA (United States)

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  • Sandia National Laboratories
    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Solar Two will be the world`s largest operating solar central receiver power plant. It is expected to begin operating in April 1996; it is currently undergoing start-up and checkout. The plant will use sunlight reflected from 1926 sun-tracking mirrors to heat molten nitrate salt flowing in a heat exchanger (receiver) that sits atop a 200 foot tower. The heated salt will be stored in a tank for use, when needed, to generate superheated steam for producing electricity with a conventional Rankine-cycle turbine/generator. The purpose of the project is to validate molten-salt solar central receiver technology and to reduce the perceived risks associated with the first full-scale commercial plants. Already, much has been learned during the project including the effects of trace contaminants in the salt and the large effect of wind on the receiver. There is also much that remains to be learned. This report describes the technical status of the Solar Two project including a summary of lessons learned to date.

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OSTI as DE96010854

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  • 31. national heat transfer conference, Houston, TX (United States), 3-6 Aug 1996

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  • Other: DE96010854
  • Report No.: SAND--96-1056C
  • Report No.: CONF-960815--6
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 266361
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc666173

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Sutherland, J.P. Solar central receiver technology: the Solar Two Project, article, May 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc666173/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.