A Solar Thermal Electric CSP Parabolic Troughs technology with 8-hours Storage Solar Farm, to be sited on 25,000 acres (158 square miles) in Southern California Mojave Desert
Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. (ESE) [ECOSY], today July 4th, announced the long overdue development of utility-scale ECOSY Solar Farm with Storage.
The area, termed as the ECOSYSTEM, is north of Hwy 58 and east of Hwy 395, northerly of the existing and operational as of 2001 SEGS III-VII 150MWe and SEGS VIII-IX 160MWe, largest as of date solar farms.
ECOSY will implement the proprietary prototype design for solar fields of the Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. (ESE) Founders, utilizing the Twin Parabolic Trough Collectors (mirrors), a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) substantially improved technology, as well as the Twin Parabolic Receivers, two-tubes, carrying Therminol HTF.
The most important component is the Boiler No. 2, at each power block, which will produce the super heated steam, over 500 degree Celsius, utilizing the Founders proprietary design for Recovered Energy, to operate in Rankine-cycle conventional oversized steam turbine.
Although, Molten Salt is one of the proposed by others Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF), the negatives, such as freezing at about 121 degree Celsius, is triggering substantial O&M cost and is not to be utilized.
ECOSY will utilize Ionic Fluid (Organic Salt), as the HTF, for the 8-hours Storage component, which remains liquid at room temperature. Although, can not be heated to over 390 degree Celsius, the intent is to only boil water to steam at Boiler No. 1, up to 390 degree Celsius and such steam is transferred to Boiler No. 2, which is additionally superheated by the Recovered Energy system.
To alleviate cumulative impacts, all 8-power blocks are to be constructed in trapezoid pits, 36 feet below ground and therefore, in visual, can only see mirrors, reminiscent body of water.
ECOSY will utilize for its wet cooling own process water. An integral component is the Ice Cubes Manufacturing Plant, to be constructed in areas near streams or lakes. It will manufacture 1 cubic yard ice cubes, which are delivered by refrigerated trucks, to sited underground concrete storage tanks for raw water, next to the power blocks.
ECOSY's development cost is projected to be at 8 cents per kWh, which cost is less than all electric power generating facilities, utilizing fossil fuel.
ECOSY will deliver to CA ISO grid up to 57 million megawatt hours, enough power up to 10 million homes and businesses.
ECOSY will be major contributor in curtailing GHG, as well as in meeting the mandated by 2015 33% of Renewable energy.
"The ECOSY's development is inevitable" Mr. Panchev said, regardless of the huge anticipated opposition by the Environmental organizations, as well as by others. "ECOSY is really a micron in the vastness of millions of acres controlled by BLM in the Southern California Mojave Desert" Panchev added to his remarks. "If we are to comply with the mandated and codified into laws by the California Legislated Renewable Energy's implementation, there must be some "silver bullet", Panchev concluded.
While this development will take at least 6 years, Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. (ESE) is currently developing its SMF Super Peakers at several locations, in proximity to the proposed ECOSY, such as near Boron, CA and Barstow area, CA, a multi-fuel, 4-components superpeakers, aimed to assist anticipated load centers power deficiency, commencing as early as summer of 2009.
ESE will be filing with the California Energy Commission the Application for Certification (AFC) for these SMF Super Peakers within the next 3 months, as well as SIS wit CA ISO.
To learn more about ECOSY, please contact ESE' Public Outreach Department.