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Crescent Dunes Molten Salt Solar Receiver Completed


Source: EnergyMatters.com.au

SolarReserve has announced one of its flagship projects is reaching final stages of completion in the Nevada desert, with the installation of molten salt receiver panels on the peak of the 540-foot tall tower of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant.
By utilising molten salt storage technology, the Crescent Dunes solar plant, located near Tonopah, Nevada, can operate like a conventional power plant, providing "on demand" and emissions-free electricity for up to 10 hours in adverse conditions.
"The energy storage capability of this technology solves the problem of intermittency typical of other renewable energy sources," said Kevin Smith, CEO of SolarReserve. 
"Additionally, because of its high efficiency, this technology can generate almost twice as much energy as a comparably sized solar facility, including facilities powered by photovoltaic panels or by a direct steam tower."

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