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Siemens to supply steam turbines for solar plant

11 December 2008 — Siemens Energy said it would supply a fully solar-powered steam turbine-generator set for a 100 MW solar tower power plant project to break ground in the U.S.

The purchaser is BrightSource Energy, Inc., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants. The 123 MW steam turbine-generator set will be operated at BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Complex in Southern California’s Mojave Desert.

Siemens will supply a reheat SST-900 industrial steam turbine, which was adapted to meet solar technology requirements, for BrightSource’s first 100 MW plant at its Ivanpah Solar Power Complex.

The turbine is manufactured in Sweden and the generator in Germany. Both will arrive to the site in early 2011. The plant will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The Ivanpah Solar Complex will consist of three concentrating solar thermal power plants that are each based on power tower and heliostat mirror technology.

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