SolarReserve is a privately held, venture-backed renewable energy company based in Santa Monica, California. In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $737 million loan guarantee to support SolarReserve’s 110 MW solar power tower. The company develops utility-scale concentrating solar power plants with integrated molten salt thermal storage technology.
SolarReserve was initially founded in early 2008 by US Renewables Group in partnership with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). UTC's subsidiary Rocketdyne provides and guarantees the performance of the major solar component hardware, and SolarReserve holds the exclusive worldwide license to develop concentrating solar power plants using Rocketdyne technology. Rocketdyne developed the solar receiver for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar One and Solar Two projects, and has significant technology and operating expertise in extreme heat flux environments (rocket engines) and the use of molten metals (Na and NaK cooled nuclear reactors).
- Concentrating solar power
- Energy storage
- List of concentrating solar thermal power companies
- List of energy storage projects
- Kho, Jennifer. SolarReserve Raises $140M for Solar-Thermal Projects, GreenTechMedia.com website, September 16, 2008.
- Wald, Matthew L. Arizona Utility Tries Storing Solar Energy for Use in the Dark, The New York Times, October 18, 2013, p. B1 (New York edition); also published online at NYTimes.com on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. Discusses BrightSource Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, Ivanpah Solar Power Facility project, and the Solana Generating Station project.
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