If startups are bears, thermal solar startups are large bears.

The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar plant is about 40% of design after 15 months.From Market Watch, High-tech solar projects fail to deliver

The plant is struggling to overcome some design/engineering glitches:

  • More cloud cover than anticipated
  • More water (steam) required than anticipated
  • 4 times the natural gas than anticipated for morning startups
  • steam leaks from flex tubes due to turbine vibrations
  • Has only achieved 40% of design output
  • ~3,500 birds per year incinerated

All startups need a shake down period to find design and construction problems. Most of these are caught in the commissioning phase.  New technologies have more problems than existing technologies.  Is this a poor design abetted by a rush for the “free” green money?  It certainly is beginning to look like the poster child for not doing thermal solar.  How many more of these green boondoggles are out there?

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One response to “If startups are bears, thermal solar startups are large bears.

  1. I don’t know how many there are but it seems fairly simple to identify them if you wish to make a count. If it is considered to be a politically correct type of “green” and it IS NOT a gravity assisted solar enabled hydroelectric project then it is a boondoggle that only exists as a means of collecting payments of subsidy money that is being generated by economic endeavors which are being powered by fossil fuel energy sources or by economic endeavors that are powered by nuclear fission generated energy or by economic endeavors THAT ARE powered by gravity assisted solar enabled hydroelectric energy.

    Sanity should reign someday but then again, true sanity may never get its turn. Keep in mind: Fantasies have no need for sanity. Consider Grimm’s fairy tales as long-standing examples of insane fantasy.

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