Ecosystem Solar Electric´s ECOSY solar farm debuts
Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp (ESE) is set to commence the development of its utility-scale ECOSY Solar Farm. It is to be sited on company privately owned land, as well as on BLM's land, under R.O.W.
ECOSY's development cost is projected to be at eight cents per kWh, which cost is less than all electric power generating facilities, utilising fossil fuel. ECOSY will deliver to CA ISO grid up to 57 million megawatt hours, enough power up to 10 million homes and businesses.
"ECOSY is really a micron in the vastness of millions of acres controlled by BLM in the Southern California Mojave Desert," said a company spokesperson. "If we are to comply with the mandated and codified into laws by the California Legislated Renewable Energy's implementation, there must be some silver bullet."
While this development will take at least six years, ESE is currently developing its SMF Super Peakers at several locations, in proximity to the proposed ECOSY, such as near Boron, CA and Barstow area, CA, a multi-fuel, 4-components superpeakers, aimed to assist anticipated load centers power deficiency, commencing as early as summer of 2009. ESE will be filing with the California Energy Commission the Application for Certification (AFC) for these SMF Super Peakers within the next 3 months, as well as SIS wit CA ISO.
ECOSY will implement the proprietary prototype design for solar fields of the Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. (ESE) Founders, utilising the Twin Parabolic Trough Collectors (mirrors), a Concentrated Solar Power
(CSP) substantially improved technology, as well as the Twin Parabolic Receivers, two-tubes, carrying Therminol HTF.
As per the information available, the most important component is the Boiler No. 2, at each power block, which will produce the super heated steam, over 500 degree Celsius, utilising the Founders proprietary design for Recovered Energy, to operate in Rankine-cycle conventional oversized steam turbine. Although, Molten Salt is one of the proposed by others Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF), the negatives, such as freezing at about 121 degree Celsius, is triggering substantial O&M cost and is not to be utilised.
In a release, it was also shared that ECOSY will utilise Ionic Fluid (Organic Salt), as the HTF, for the eight-hour Storage component, which remains liquid at room temperature. Although, can not be heated to over 390 degree Celsius, the intent is to only boil water to steam at Boiler No. 1, up to 390 degree Celsius and such steam is transferred to Boiler No. 2, which is additionally superheated by the Recovered Energy system. To alleviate cumulative impacts, all 8-power blocks are to be constructed in trapezoid pits, 36 feet below ground and therefore, in visual, can only see mirrors, reminiscent body of water.
An integral component is the Ice Cubes Manufacturing Plant, to be constructed in areas near streams or lakes. It will manufacture 1 cubic yard ice cubes, which are delivered by refrigerated trucks, to sited underground concrete storage tanks for raw water, next to the power blocks.