Berkeley-Stanford CleanTech Conference on “Utility Scale Solar Power Generation”
The 2nd Berkeley-Stanford CleanTech Conference, BIG Solar: “Utility Scale Solar Power Generation”, took place Wednesday afternoon, May 7, 2008, at SRI International. Although the agenda included keynotes and a first panel discussion on “California’s Policy Leadership“, my focus was on the second panel, “Innovations in Technology”, with presentations by Blog stalwarts GreenVolts and Cool Earth Solar (CES).
For GreenVolts, I will highlight updates and deltas from GreenVolts presents at Alternative Energy Innovations 2007.
For the PG&E GV1 project, the 1MW (MegaWatt) Phase 1 is now scheduled for completion by the end of 2008, one quarter later than indicated in GreenVolts does it again with 2MW Solar Electric Plant deal with PG&E.
Bob Cart, founder and CEO of GreenVolts, Inc. said:
The first megawatt we’re actually manufacturing right now for deployment later on this year. This is a photograph of one of our test units. Actually, this is the first public time we’ve shown this.
|Photo Credit: GreenVolts, Inc.|
The above photo is of the “T6” or “six” CarouSol system under test at three sites. Optical concentration for the Off-Axis Microdish power units has been increased to 1000x. The two-axis CarouSol systems have succeeded in tracking with winds as high as 43mph (miles per hour) or 69.2kph (kilometers per hour).
GreenVolts has adopted LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) as a metric for BIG Solar and projects $0.15/kWh (15 cents per kilowatt-hour) as the value of solar in 2010.
In a teaser, Mr. Cart said:
This is a project that we’ll be announcing at some point in the future we hope.
Please see the Picasa slideshow for additional photos and the respective slides from the presentation.
I arrived in San Diego last night, and I look forward to covering the 33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 33) this week.