Following yeaterdays's Earth Watch Concerts it seems to natural to follow with a post about renewable energy. So today we bring the third largest solar power plant in the world, Nevada Solar One. The plant is located just outside Boulder City and is truly immense.
Nevada Solar One uses parabolic troughs as thermal solar concentrators, heating tubes of liquid (solar receivers), instead of the power tower concentrator (as Solar One used). These solar receivers are specially coated tubes made of glass and steel which were designed and produced by Solel Solar Systems as well as by Schott Glass. About 19,300 of these four meter long tubes are used in the newly built power plant.
View a video of Nevada Solar One on Google Maps