First-Ever Solar-Coal Project is Running in Colorado
Xcel Energy is now operating a first of its kind demonstration of a hybrid solar-coal approach,using parabolic-trough solar technology integrated with a coal-fired power plant. The project, located at Xcel Energyé─˘s Cameo Generating Station near Grand Junction, Colo., is designed to increase the planté─˘s efficiency, decrease the use of coal, test the commercial viability of concentrating solar power thermal integration, and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Abengoa Solar developed the parabolic-trough technology, which concentrates solar energy to provide heat for producing supplemental steam for electric power production.
"We are very excited about getting this unique renewable energy project on line," said Kent Larson, vice president and chief energy supply officer for Xcel Energy
. "If this project produces the successful results we expect, this type of solar thermal integration will help move the use of solar energy one step closer to being a potential technology for improving the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants for Xcel Energy and for utilities around the country."
"We are pleased to work with Xcel Energy on this important innovative clean technology project. We believe that the solar approach being implemented at Cameo will provide a cost effective way of delivering solar energy," said Santiago Seage, Abengoa Solar CEO.
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