Switched on – the world’s largest solar plant will provide power to 1 million homes
The Noor Concentrated Solar Power complex in Morocco has started generating 24 hour a day power. When it’s complete, it will generate enough power for 1 million homes.
Now, admittedly that’s 1 million homes in Morocco, and currently they use rather less power than the average Australian home, but this technology is here, it’s being built and it works.
So how does it generate power at night? The parabolic mirrors reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a central pillar which generates massive heat which is then stored in molten salt, which allows the turbines to continue generating until three hours after sun down on this initial phase.
Noor 1 provides 160MW of capacity, and the total project once completed in 2018 will have 580MW of capacity.
This is a massive show of what can be achieved in a large, relatively sparsely populated country with a lot of sunshine. Remind you of anywhere…?
This can be done Australia, and it should be done as soon as possible.
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