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1454-Solar Mirrors – Mohave, CA

When you were a kid did you ever try burning ants with a magnifying glass? Well, this is one of the largest ant burners in the world. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert. Located at the base of Clark Mountain in California, just over the state line between Primm, Nevada and Nipton, California, the plant has a gross capacity of 392 megawatts. It deploys 173,500 heliostats, each with two mirrors, focusing solar energy on boilers located on three centralized solar power towers. Unit 1 of the project was connected to the grid in 2013 in an initial sync testing. The facility formally opened in 2014 and it is currently the world’s largest solar thermal power station.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produces electricity the same way as traditional power plants – by creating high temperature steam to turn a turbine. Th uses The system uses thousands of mirrors called heliostats to reflect sunlight onto a receiver filled with water that sits atop a tower. When the sunlight hits the receiver, the water inside is heated and creates high temperature steam. The steam is then piped to a conventional turbine, which generates electricity. (mostly stolen from the web.)

(photo stolen from the web)

(photo stolen from the web)

(photo stolen from the web)

Notice the light hitting the collector from all of the mirrors. This area has made a death zone for all flying creatures. If they accidentally fly into this zone they are instantly incinerated. Conservation people are concerned about the thousands of flying critters that pile up on the desert floor under the collectors.

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