Solar thermal energy

Telvent Selected to Implement Distributed Control System for Solar Thermal Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

In a place where the sun shines for 365 days a year, solar energy projects surely finds a natural home! Telvent (NASDAQ: TLVT), the leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that it has been selected to design, install and manage the distributed control system (DCS) for Shams Power Company’s Shams-1 solar thermal power plant in Madinat Zayed, 75 miles (120 kilometres) southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.


Ivanpah System Gets Approval

A California Energy Commission committee has recommended approving BrightSource’s 392 megawatt project, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. When built, Ivanpah will be the world’s largest solar energy project, and will nearly double the amount of solar thermal electricity produced in the United States. BrightSource previously received a conditional commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy for $1.37 billion in loan guarantees to support the Ivanpah project financing.

Solar Pilot Set for Boulder

Cool Energy has announced that Xcel Energy will provide research and analytical support for the first planned pilot field installation of the SolarFlow System in a Boulder, Colorado, commercial building. Designed for residential and small commercial buildings, the SolarFlow System is a combined heat and power (CHP) generation system that uses solar energy as its only input fuel. Features include energy storage and a control system that optimally apportions the system’s energy output between heat and electricity depending current weather conditions. Integral to the system is Cool Energy’s SolarHeart Engine which the system activates whenever the electricity produced is more valuable than the heat consumed.