yesterday that it has invested a large sum of money into a new solar energy
power tower plant that will be located in the Mojave Desert in
catching a lot of heat lately between the FTC's
possible antitrust investigation into the web search giant's
internet dominance and Microsoft's problem with Google's "misleading security
claims to the government." But with this latest project, Google
is investing in a project that is sure to have some positive reviews.
project is the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS),
and Google has invested $168 million toward the cause. The Ivanpah Solar
Electric Generating System, which is being developed by BrightSource Energy, is 450 feet tall and began
construction in October 2010 by the engineering firm Bechtel. It will be the
world's largest solar power tower plant.
need smart capital to transform our energy sector and build a clean energy
future," said The Official
Google Blog. "This is our largest investment to date, and
we've now invested over $250 million in the clean energy sector [total]. We're
excited about Ivanpah because our investment will help deploy a compelling
solar energy technology that provides reliable clean energy, with the potential
to significantly reduce costs on future projects."
Solar Electric Generating System is expected to generate 392 gross megawatts of
solar energy, and will have a lifespan of about 25 years. This amount of solar energy produced
is like taking 90,000 cars of the road over the plant's lifetime.
system works by using 173,000 heliostats, which are mirrors that focus the
sun's rays onto a solar receiver, which is located at the top of a tower. These
mirrors pack a large amount of solar energy into one small area. The solar
receiver then generates steam that spins a turbine and generator to create
electricity. The steam is produced at high pressure and a high temperature of
up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
project is expected to be completed in 2013, and will be funded by clean energy
technology guarantees offered by the U.S. Department of Energy and by
quote: It's the desert so I guess it makes sense to use it in this way. But this would not be practical anywhere else.