Eager to serve over 70,000 homes in the area, Solana has been passing operation tests and prepping for energy delivery. Instead of using solar panels to collect the energy they are using parabolic mirrors to reflect the light into pipes that hold a synthetic oil which can reach temperatures of over 700 degrees fahrenheit. This heat is used in steam boilers to produce enough steam to propel Twin 140 MegaWatt Turbines.
The secret to Solana is the storage of this generated heat. Storage of energy had long plagued solar energy as a solution to the worlds power requirements. Not only does the heated oil generate steam but its also stored in a molten salt storage facility that maintains temperatures around 530 degrees. This way when the sun goes down for the day this preserved heat can be released back to the boilers to continue to produce steam for the turbines. If Solana continues to be a success Arizona may complete its mission to be the solar capital of America.
Solana May Be The Future Of Solar Power