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Feb 16, 2014, 03:48 AM
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Aren't you glad you don't have to clean all those mirrors. Modern plants are getting so huge, because the human population is consuming huge amounts of stuff, it makes you wonder how big the 1st fusion power plant is going to be.

It's much bigger than the previous world's biggest solar power plant in Seville Spain. It still only works for 12 hours a day, when it's sunny. It boils off 27 million gallons of water in a year.

The problem with any steam power plant is condensing the steam back into water. You can't discard the steam because it still has energy in it & there's not enough replacement water in the desert. You can't reheat the steam because it would take more energy to pump.

Best shot of the elevated condensers. They try to condense the steam without evaporating cooling water by sucking air vertically through the condensers. The rising of the hot air in the condensers is more efficient than blowing air sideways. They still have to boil off some water.

Boilermakers help build world's largest solar thermal facility in Ivanpah Valley (4 min 44 sec)

Surprised there's such a profession as boilermaking. It sounds like making steam locomotives in 19th century England.

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility Part 2 May 2, 2013 (6 min 26 sec)

Hearing this Walmart customer trying to figure out what it is is a good reminder of what you would have had to marry if you wanted to go that route.
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