Tri-State to Host Solar Augmentation Study at N.M. Coal-Based Power Plant
Potential benefits of a solar-augmented steam-cycle facility include adding utility-scale solar power generation without the challenges of siting a new plant and new power block, reducing the facility’s carbon dioxide footprint and gaining valuable experience with solar thermal technologies to assess their future potential in a utility’s generation mix.
“Tri-State is investing in leading research in a number of innovative renewable energy technologies that bring value to our members,” said
“The technology being studied would allow us a larger net output of electricity from
The project – one of two similar efforts that EPRI is currently spearheading – will provide a conceptual design study, analyze options to retrofit the existing power plant and identify new plant design options. EPRI will rely on its expertise in solar technologies, steam cycles and plant operation, as well as past solar and fossil plant studies.
“These projects will demonstrate a near-term and cost-effective way to use large amounts of solar energy at commercial scale to provide clean electric power,” said Dr.
During the case study, the system’s performance will be analyzed by solar thermal research engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratory in
“One of the cost-effective aspects of concentrated solar power is that it can be fitted to an existing power plant to make electricity in tandem with fossil fuels,” said NREL’s
Tri-State also is participating with several other utilities on an EPRI-led solar-to-steam study project applied at natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plants in
“Even as we deal with a difficult economy, we are not shying away from critical investments in new programs and new technologies,” Anderson said. “As those emerge and scientific progress is made, Tri-State will seize new opportunities to further cultivate the local resources that enhance our power production and delivery system in order to bring more value to our member systems.”
The Electric Power Research Institute conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in
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