Comments on: Energy from — molten salt? http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/05/29/energy-from-molten-salt/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jubal harshaw http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/05/29/energy-from-molten-salt/comment-page-1/#comment-340422 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 20:14:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13025#comment-340422 The Daggett facility outside of Barstow produced, if memory serves, about 50KW of power. While solar is limited to about 800W/m^2, it is quite efficient and cost effective. So much so, that before the pilot plant ‘accidentally’ burned down (solar powered in the middle of the desert?) the Edison program manager was most enthusiastic about building full scale units capable of 50MW, or more, in a manner more cost effective than coal, natural gas or nuclear. And this was almost 25 years ago
It isn’t the technology, it’s the politics. Who profits from such an action? The people would, but, then that is not important: if people were important, the solar would have been built a quarter century ago, using the then-current technology. It’s how much money goes into certain pockets.
Keep in mind that it is really hard to charge fuel surcharges on solar. How do you tax something like sunlight? Big problem for politicians that can’t even balance their own checkbooks…Right, California?

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By: Anubis http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/05/29/energy-from-molten-salt/comment-page-1/#comment-339663 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:58:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13025#comment-339663 Jerry, don’t you know? We’re going to have clean coal (oxymoron) so coal mine operators can continue to give campaign contributions (legal bribes) to Washington politicians. The mining unions are even on board with this one. I say put all the miners and tunnelers to work building geothermal electric generation facilities instead. Then the strip mining and belching of CO2 can begin to come to an end.

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By: jerry dycus http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/05/29/energy-from-molten-salt/comment-page-1/#comment-339631 Sat, 30 May 2009 17:43:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13025#comment-339631 They have been doing this for decades. The only news is why they haven’t done much more of it.

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By: Don http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/05/29/energy-from-molten-salt/comment-page-1/#comment-339629 Sat, 30 May 2009 01:27:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13025#comment-339629 I appreciate this article because it is the first time I have heard of the application. I did some quick reading, and I see a number of different applications for molten salt. It has a really interesting history.

I understand that the Israeli design with heliostats directing light from the sun to focal points is commercially viable – more so than typical photo-voltaics. If you really think about it, what good is a desert anyways if not to collect a lot of free energy?

From a technical standpoint although I don’t know the details, salt is certainly solid at most normal temperatures. So it seems to have good properties as a type of coolant for particular applications. Plus it is stable and truly abundant. Hopefully more information will be circulated about these types of projects.

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