Not long ago, Google Ventures invested in BioFuels as an alternative energy, now they have invested USD$168M in California solar power energy, a project led by BrightSource Energy in the Mojave desert.
The solar power that Google is investing in does not involve rows of photovoltaic panels, which will be expensive to maintain in the desert, it’s more to redirecting the sun’s ray into a single focal point where it will heat up a container of water up to the boiling point. And from then on, it’s just like the conventional coal or oil and gas power plant we have right now.
The new plant will generate 392 megawatts of power — enough to take around 90,000 cars off the road over 25 years, according to Google. BrightSource Energy’s power tower will be around 450 feet tall and use 173,000 heliostats — devices that mount two mirrors and move them to direct sunlight to the top of the tower. The project should be finished in 2013, and is also funded by NRG Energy
And i can’t help it that i find the picture of Helios ONE to be very appropriate in this context.