In Italy the power company Enel has opened their combined cycle gas facility-solar thermal power plant.  The facility uses 30,000 square meters of mirrors that concentrate the sun's solar energy onto 5,400 meters of pipe carrying molten salt fluid.  The molten salts used in the system are a mixture of sodium nitrates and potassium, which can accumulate heat for prolonged periods. The system produces high pressure steam that is channeled to the plant's turbines to generate electricity.  The capacity of the solar plant is approximately 5 MW, resulting in an annual oil tonne savings of 2,100 and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 3,250 tonnes.

Enel - Archimede Power Plant

Lindsy Iglesias
Undergraduate, University of Florida
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Environmental Science, Sustainability Studies
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