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And then some.

The numbers I’m seeing thrown around (I don’t know how verifiable they are) state 92% solar efficiency, 50 kW per tower, 20 towers per acre. From the article: “Although the sun does not always shine on the solar plant, the company believes that using a heat storage mechanism, they can deliver power around the clock at an estimated production cost of 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour.”

That “believes” part might represent a big catch. If not, however… well, maintenance and replacement costs may be significant and prevent wide deployment. The future is not necessarily today.

But it’s soon.


Posted July 31, 2008 by padraic2112 in news, tech

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