(...) Impressionnant coup double pour la start-up eSolar, qui développe des projets de solaire thermique, a signé un nouveau projet majeur en Inde, après celui conclu la semaine dernière aux Etats-Unis (...)


eSolar to build 1,000MW of solar power plants in India - (...) Bill Gross, CEO of eSolar, said: "eSolar has produced the first solar energy that is competitive with fossil fuels. ACME's $30 million commitment demonstrates their confidence in eSolar's technology. We are committed to working with the very best partners, such as ACME, to scale deployment as quickly as possible around the world." (...)

Communiqué de presse eSolar:

eSolar Signs Exclusive License with ACME to Construct 1 Gigawatt of Solar Power Plants in India

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Il s'agit du plus grand projet solaire du monde. Une puissance installée égale à celle d'1,3 réacteur nucléaire classique et presque égale à celle d'un réacteur EPR (1500 à 1600 MW)...La technologie utilisée est celle du solaire à concentration thermodynamique (rien à voir avec le solaire photovoltaïque). Il ne s'agit pas d'un vague projet, le contrat est signé entre Bright Source Energy et Southern California Edison. La centrale sera construite en 7 unités d'environ 185 MW chacune. Comme indiqué dans la video BrightSource, de quoi produire de l'électricité complètement propre pour alimenter 400 000 voitures électriques et de réduire ainsi massivement la pollution atmosphérique ! Cela tombe bien, la Califonie vient de signer avec l'opérateur de mobilité verte BetterPlace il y a quelques semaines ( http://www.betterplace.com/california ). Al Gore / Obama au pouvoir, cela a vraiment du bon ! Les USA sont à présent dans une nouvelle dynamique, celle du Green Business - BrightSource a aussi signé, entre autre, avec PGE...Ce sont au total 4000 MW thermosolaires qui sont dans le e-pipeline de BrightSource ! A noter que BrightSource fait appel a du air cooling (refroidissement sec), ce qui réduit de 80% la consommation d'eau douce au niveau du système de refroidissement de la centrale. La France, qui était leader dans le domaine il y a 40 ans, a vraiment perdu du temps. Quel gâchis !  - O.D.

Southern California Edison & BrightSource Ink Gargantuan Solar Power Deal
- The largest series of solar installations in history, more than 1,300 megawatts, is planned for the desert outside Los Angeles, according to a new deal between the utility Southern California Edison and solar power plant maker, BrightSource. The momentous deal will deliver more electricity than even the largest nuclear plant, spread out among seven facilities, the first of which will start up in 2013. When fully operational, the companies say the facility will provide enough electricity to power 845,000 homes — more than exist in San Francisco — though estimates like that are notoriously squirrely.  (...)



John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy, 2008: 

Voir aussi cette vidéo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F50WjZbxlYA&feature=related


Communiqué: http://www.brightsourceenergy.com/BSE_SCE_Final_020909.pdf


NOTE: There will be a call-in press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Journalists will be able to interview SCE and BrightSource Energy executives. For instructions, please send an email to vanessa.mcgrady@sce.com or  . Fact sheets and photos are available in the online press room at www.edisonnews.com/solar.


SCE Media Contact: Vanessa McGrady, 

BrightSource Energy Media Contact: Keely Wachs


Southern California Edison and BrightSource Energy Sign World’s Largest

Solar Deal Agreement for 1,300 Megawatts of Clean and Reliable Solar Thermal Power

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 11, 2009 — BrightSource Energy have reached agreement on a series of contracts for 1,300 megawatts of clean solar thermal power, enough to serve nearly 845,000 homes. “These contracts represent a significant addition to our renewable portfolio, which is already the nation’s largest.” said Stuart Hemphill, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. “This innovative solar technology helps to further our position as the nation’s largest purchaser of solar energy, as well.” “This landmark agreement illustrates the increasing demand for solar thermal energy as aSouthern California Edison (SCE) and
reliable source of utility-scale renewable power,” said John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy. “We look forward to working with Southern California Edison to provide clean, reliable and cost-competitive solar energy.” The agreement, which now requires approval from the California Public Utilities

BrightSource Energy’s technology

BrightSource Energy’s proprietary Luz Power Tower 550 (LPT 550) energy system is
built on proven “power tower” technology. The system uses thousands of small mirrors called heliostats to reflect sunlight onto a boiler atop a tower to produce high temperature steam. The steam is then piped to a conventional turbine which generates electricity. In order to conserve precious desert water, the LPT 550 system uses air-cooling to convert the steam back into water.

The water is then returned to the boiler in an environmentally-friendly closed cycle. This fully
integrated energy system is designed to offer the highest operating efficiencies and lowest capital costs in the industry. For its technological leadership, BrightSource Energy was recently selected as a 2009  Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. The only solar company to win this year’s prestigious award, BrightSource Energy was recognized for helping global utility and industrial customers reduce their dependence on fossil fuels by providing clean, low-cost and reliable solar energy.

“The efficiency advancements found in the LPT 550 system reflect our technical team’s
nearly three decades of experience pioneering solar thermal technology,” said Tom Doyle, senior vice president of project development for BrightSource Energy. “We have combined this engineering experience with world-class development capabilities to help our customers reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.”

SCE leads the nation in renewables

SCE is currently the nation’s leading purchaser of renewable energy and, in 2007, bought more than 80 percent of the solar energy produced in the United States for its customers. Also in 2007, the utility purchased about 12.5 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, which comprises about 16 percent of SCE’s total energy portfolio. SCE currently has sufficient contracts in place that, when delivering, will meet 20 percent or more of its customers’ energy needs with renewable energy.

SCE also recently signed two wind-energy contracts. One agreement, with Puget Sound
Energy signed in January, calls for 2 billion kilowatt-hours over the next two years. The projects are located in Columbia and Kittitas counties in Washington state. The other, with AES Mountainview, calls for 66.6 megawatts from a wind farm in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs. This 10-year contract was signed in November 2008.

In addition, SCE launched an expanded standard contract program, which is available for
all renewable technologies of 20 megawatts or less. This program is designed to help smaller renewable generators contribute to reaching California’s aggressive renewable energy and environmental goals. This program provides a faster, simpler way for renewable projects under 20 megawatts to sell their power to utility customers.

The current renewables portfolio includes:

· 1,137 megawatts from wind.

· 906 megawatts from geothermal.

· 356 megawatts from solar.

· 185 megawatts from biomass.

· 332 megawatts from small hydro.

For more about SCE’s renewable energy program, visit www.sce.com/renewables.

About Bright Source Energy

BrightSource Energy, Inc. provides clean, reliable and low cost solar energy for utility and industrial companies worldwide. The BrightSource Energy team combines nearly three decades of experience designing, building and operating the world’s largest solar energy plants with world-class project development capabilities. The company now has contracted to sell up to 2,200 megawatts of power to be generated using its proprietary solar thermal technology. BrightSource Energy’s solar plants lead the industry in environmental design and help customers

About Southern California Edison

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern


-###-, (510) 250-8153(626) 302-2255 reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Headquartered in Oakland, Calif., BrightSource Energy is a privately held company with operations in the United States and Israel. To learn more about BrightSource Energy and solar thermal energy, visit www.brightsourceenergy.com.
ommission, calls for a series of seven projects totaling 1,300 megawatts. The first of these solar power plants, sized at 100 megawatts and located in Ivanpah, Calif., could be operating in early 2013 and is expected to produce 286,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity per year. BrightSource will build and place in commercial operation each of its plants as quickly as permitting and infrastructure allow. The full 1,300 megawatts of projects will produce 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy and avoid more than two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of removing more than 335,000 cars from the road.


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First Solar Energy Plant Completed in Iran - YourRenewableNews

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Communiqué de presse SOPOGY

Honolulu, HI – US based Sopogy, Inc. manufacturer of the proprietary MicroCSP concentrating solar thermal energy system has entered into a solar power agreement with Spanish solar project developer Inypsa Informes y Proyectos, S.A. and German solar project financer Omniwatt to develop a 50 MW solar power plant by December 1, 2010 in Toledo, Spain.
“We are excited to work with Inypsa and Omniwatt in bringing Sopogy’s MicroCSP system to the Spanish market,” said Darren Kimura, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sopogy.  “Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies have been designed for these unique markets by bringing advantages over traditional concentrating solar thermal including fast deployment, pre-engineered kits in the 1MW, 5MW and 10MW increments and use and support of local labor for on-site installation”.
Inypsa, a publically traded Spanish project development firm has decades of experience in large infrastructure projects and is well positioned to take advantage of the growing solar thermal power plant market in the Spanish region.  “We are convinced that micro solar thermal generation will be the next revolution in the low-carbon technologies that will define the 21st century. We feel privileged to team up with Sopogy and Omniwatt to deliver Sopogy MicroCSP technology for this project”, said Jairo González Monje, Director General of Inypsa, S.A.
Omniwatt AG, a Germany-based company, specializes in the renewable energy power production, project development and financing of decentralized power plants throughout Europe.  “We look forward to working with Inypsa and Sopogy and are committed to promoting clean, renewable energy solutions throughout the world,” said Paul Vesel, Partner at Omniwatt AG.
About Sopogy
Founded in 2002, Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Please visit
www.sopogy.com for more information.
Founded in 1970 under the parent utilities company FECSA, today, INYPSA Informes y Proyectos S.A. is one of the leading companies in the engineering sector in Spain. Thanks to the company’s continued growth, international expansion, financial strength and the ability to combine sound management with technology, INYPSA has managed to situate itself in one of the top spots nationally. This has also led it to be listed on the Madrid and Barcelona stock exchanges since 1989. After more than thirty-five years in the industry, the company has developed extensive experience in national and international markets, with work accredited in more than sixty countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
About Omniwatt
Omniwatt is an emission-less, international, and decentralized power producer, applying technologies that produce energy from fuel-less resources. The company develops and finances new installations, structures existing projects, and acquires established stations.

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(...)  The solar facility, to be built in Kern County, Calif., will use concentrating solar power technology developed by eSolar. The technology has yet to generate electricity at a commercial scale, although eSolar is building a demonstration project. ESolar, a startup based in Pasadena, Calif., has secured the land needed for the project and lined up financing from Google.org, Idealab and Oak Investment Partners, according to the CPUC. (...)


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First European solar trough system kick-started Andasol I, the first trough CSP system of the old continent, located in Granada, is already generating electricity. It will be under testing conditions for a few weeks, according to SolarMillennium, the plant’s developer (...)


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Eléctrica ligada a Al Gore quiere hacer en Chile la primera central solar sin subsidios del mundo


Merci à Chistian pour l'info ;) - O.D.

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Solar Power Company Ausra Launches First Solar Thermal Plant in California in Nearly 20 Years - Governor Schwarzenegger on Hand as Next Generation Solar Technology Provides Power and Industrial Steam on Cost-Competitive Basis (...) - MarketWatch.com - Gov.ca.gov


C'est génial ! - O.D.

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Les articles ObjectifTerre sur Ausra

Communiqué de presse:

Solar Power Company Ausra Launches First Solar Thermal Plant in California in Nearly 20 Years

Governor Schwarzenegger on Hand as Next Generation Solar Technology Provides Power and Industrial Steam on Cost-Competitive Basis

Bakersfield, CA—October 23, 2008—Ausra, Inc. (http://www.ausra.com) and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today launched the company's Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant in Bakersfield, CA, showcasing the company's "next generation" concentrating solar thermal technology.

Governor Schwarzenegger joined Ausra President, CEO and Chairman Bob Fishman, U.S. Reps. Jim Costa (CA-20) and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22), California Assemblymember Jean Fuller and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) CEO Peter Darbee in launching a new era of solar thermal power with the turning of Ausra's large solar thermal mirrors—harvesting California sunshine and creating California jobs.

"This plant proves that our technology is real, it works, and it's ready to power businesses or provide process steam for industries—now," said Fishman. "Ausra is first on the market, providing customers a dependable, cost-effective solar thermal energy system. Some of the best investment minds in the country have backed our technology and our management team's ability to deliver."

At full output, Kimberlina will be able to generate 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,500 homes in central California. The Kimberlina plant is the first solar plant in the country to utilize Ausra's next generation technology, and it is the first solar thermal power plant of any type built in California in nearly 20 years.

"This next generation solar power plant is further evidence that reliable, renewable and pollution-free technology is here to stay, and it will lead to more California homes and businesses powered by sunshine," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Not only will this large-scale solar facility generate power to help us meet our renewable energy goals, it will also generate new jobs as California continues to pioneer the clean-tech industry."

The Palo Alto, CA-based company, a large-scale solar thermal energy developer and manufacturer, has dropped solar power's costs by simplifying the design of its systems. This also results in the most land-use efficient solar technology. Ausra has demonstrated its ability to manufacture its systems rapidly with a state-of-the-art factory in Las Vegas, NV that can mass produce Ausra's 1,000-foot mirror lines using standard materials to deploy and scale up quickly. The Kimberlina plant was built in seven months.

In addition to providing reliable, cost-effective electricity, the Kimberlina plant also demonstrates Ausra's ability to provide solar mirror fields for industries that need high-temperature steam for their factories, either as retrofits or as part of new plant construction. A range of industries use this "process steam," including: enhanced oil recovery and oil refining; food processing; and pulp and paper manufacturing.

The Kimberlina facility will also serve as the gateway toward developing Ausra's Carrizo Plains solar power plant. In November 2007, Ausra and California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a power purchase agreement for the 177-megawatt power plant in central California. When completed, Ausra's Carrizo facility will generate enough electricity to power more than 120,000 homes.

Unlike photovoltaic solar panels, which convert the light from the sun into electricity and are commonly rooftop mounted, solar thermal facilities use large fields of mirrors to concentrate and capture the sun's heat, converting it into useful forms of energy. In Ausra's technology, heat is focused on tubes of water to create steam that drives large power turbines, generating clean, reliable electricity and high-temperature, "process" steam for industrial applications.

About Ausra, Inc.
Ausra delivers energy from the sun. The company provides solar power, steam and energy systems for industrial processes and utility-scale electricity generation. The company is a leader in solar thermal energy design, development and manufacturing, and is committed to serving the global energy needs of its customers in a dependable, market-competitive and environmentally responsible manner. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Ausra is a privately held company with operations in the United States and Australia. To learn more about Ausra and solar thermal energy, visit www.ausra.com


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“You cannot solve current problems with current thinking. Current problems are the result of current thinking (...).” 
"God always takes the simplest way"
- Albert Einstein

" (...) Nathanaël, jette mon livre ; ne t’y satisfais point. Ne crois pas que ta vérité puisse être trouvée par quelque autre ; plus que de tout, aie honte de cela. Si je cherchais tes aliments, tu n’aurais pas de faim pour les manger ; si je te préparais ton lit, tu n’aurais pas sommeil pour y dormir (...) "
- André Gide, Les nourritures terrestres

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