StratoSolar TutorialDecember 7, 2010
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The goal of this document is to present a short technical introduction while conveying themessage that there is a much deeper body of data, analysis, and development effort underlying andsupporting this brief summary. There are four main sections: an overview, technical basics, detailedanalysis and miscellaneous topics
What the system does:
Weather independent, 24/7 concentrated solar power (CSP)
Locations up to latitude 60
Electricity in utility scale systems up to 1 GWe
Cost competitive with the lowest-cost coal-fired systems
Why it comes at a reasonable cost:
For solar-power plants, almost the complete operating cost is the loan payment. The StratoSolar systemhas a reasonable operating cost mostly because the solar concentrator (which dominates CSP cost) has areasonable capital cost, with a resulting reasonable loan payment. The reasons for this are:
The concentrator is exposed to 3X the solar radiation (or more) of ground-based CSP
It captures more than 2X ground-based CSP concentrators (no cosine losses)
This means each square meter of mirror gathers over 6X the power of ground-based CSP
The concentrator uses no land. No land cost, or site development cost.
Uses very little material due to a lightweight structure.
All materials are standard, off the shelf, and low cost
This results in mirrors that are 2X lower cost than ground-based CSP mirrorsThe overall concentrator cost advantage over ground-based CSP exceeds 15X. See the detailed analysissection below(CSP cost)for more detail on this topic.
This is the first commercially competitive alternative energy solution. By not covering huge land areas, itsaves on an expensive, highly regulated, and uncertain resource that tends to delay construction andlimit financing options. It also allows great flexibility in location. The competitive and highly profitableeconomics should lead to a business that is market financed and does not need government support orsubsidy once demonstrated. It is a bonus that this energy is carbon-free, and solves energy securityissues