Solar power plant Andasol

• Solar power plant Andasol

On the barren, sun-scorched plateau in southern Spain, in orderly rows are brilliant mirror of one of the world's largest solar power plants - Andasol. It provides electricity to nearly 500 000 people and consists of 620,000 curved mirrors, occupies about 210 football fields.

Solar power plant Andasol

1. Solar power plant Andasol, Spain, August 10, 2015. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

2. Mirrors. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

3. The solar collector plant are Andasol tube inside a molten salt, which is heated and enters the heat exchanger where it gives up heat to the water. That, in turn, begins to boil and the resulting vapor rotates the conventional steam turbine blade, which convert thermal energy into electricity. Since the hot salt significantly greater than that required for the steam turbine, part of it is stored in special insulated containers and used to produce electricity at night. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

4. Solar energy is collected here by special parabolic mirrors. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

5. The solar power plant Andasol collector pipes. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

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Solar power plant Andasol

7. Wildflowers in the district as a hint to the sustainability of the power generation plant. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

8. Incidentally, Andasol - Europe's first commercial solar thermal power plant with parabolic trough. The total cost of the project amounts to almost 900 million. Euro. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

9 Solar electricity is relatively expensive. For example, one kilowatt-hour generated wind power plant, worth three times cheaper than a kilowatt-hour produced by solar power! However, the European Academy of Sciences Advisory Board predicts that in ten or twenty years, electricity produced by solar thermal power plants, equal in value to the electricity produced in the traditional thermal power plants. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

10. The main disadvantage of such plants with parabolic mirrored troughs - high consumption of water for cooling the steam which drives the turbine. Why bother to cool steam? Then, in order, after passing through the turbine in a closed system it turned into water again and the cycle is repeated. Each of the three units "Andasola" consumes 870,000 cubic meters of water per year. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

11. The countless rows of parabolic mirrors solar thermal power plant Andasol. Their total area - 1.51 million square meters, the world's largest mirror surface. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

12. The panels of solar power and the Moon. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

13. In order to understand the size of parabolic mirrors. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

14. General view of the Andasol solar power station in Spain, August 10, 2015. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol

15. Top view. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo | Reuters):

Solar power plant Andasol