June 16, 2011

2015: GE to Build Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Hybrid Plant in Turkey

Why stick to one form of alternative energy when building a power plant? Why not throw in one non-renewable source to help make the power more affordable? GE plans to build a hybrid solar, wind, and natural gas plant in Turkey in an attempt to make alternative power more "economically viable". Discovery News reports:

In May, GE announced a new type of power plant that ambitiously combines solar with natural gas and wind energy technologies in a way that could make renewable energy economically viable. The 530-megawatt plant is expected to debut in Turkey in 2015. It will combine the recently announced FlexEfficiency 50 power plant (above) -- which runs on wind power and natural gas -- with a solar thermal system by eSolar -- which uses an array of mirrors to concentrate sunlight and heat water to drive turbines.

Paul Browning, the vice president of GE's thermal products division says that solar thermal energy is "the most cost-effective form of solar energy available today."

I would be much more excited about the potential of such a hybrid plant if it did not include natural gas.  Sorry T. Boone.

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