Boulder City, Nevada [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] SCHOTT announced that with the connection of the Nevada Solar One power plant to the grid last week, its solar receivers officially began collecting solar radiation needed to generate clean energy for Nevada homes. Of the total 18,240 receivers in use by the 64-MW solar thermal power plant, 11,136 are supplied by SCHOTT.
Built by Acciona Solar Power, Nevada Solar One uses parabolic mirrors to concentrate solar radiation onto receivers, the majority of which are SCHOTT PTR 70 solar receivers. This solar radiation increases the temperature of the thermo-oil Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF) flowing through the receivers.
Up to 134 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year will be generated and sold to Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
“We are convinced that parabolic trough power plants are on their way to achieving a global breakthrough, thanks to Nevada Solar One,” said Professor Dr. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT. “The technology has already proven itself and the costs of generating electricity will soon be competitive. Parabolic trough power plants offer immense potential for generating power in an environmentally compatible and climate friendly manner. We are pleased that we have contributed the key component of this high-potential technology with our state-of-the-art receivers,”
Currently SCHOTT has a production facility in Mitterteich, Germany producing PTR solar receivers, and is investing approximately $28 million (€22 million) to build a new solar receiver production facility in the Seville region of Spain.