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(Gizmodo)   World's largest solar plant began creating electricity today. If we could harness the nuclear-grade butthurt blowout created by this development with state-of-the-art asshat beanie-propellers, the nation's entire energy needs could be met   (gizmodo.com) divider line 361
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2014-02-13 12:28:41 PM  
Goddamn that is an amazing sight (and site).
 
2014-02-13 12:30:57 PM  
Sure, that's all well and good, until there's an accident and the sun catches on fire. Then what liebrals? THEN WHAT?
 
2014-02-13 12:39:13 PM  
Sure they could use it to power cities or they could use it to power a death ray space laser.
 
2014-02-13 12:49:53 PM  
That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?
 
2014-02-13 12:52:44 PM  

dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?


Aw sh*t!  Why didn't anyone think of this  before we built it?!
 
2014-02-13 12:52:51 PM  

dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?


If I recall most solar plants use Hot Molten salts to store energy over night, so they can indeed run 24/7, the salts stay hot enough to continue to produce power for a few days I think. Not at max output of course.
 
2014-02-13 12:54:21 PM  
Cool, but do they at least have a fence around that shiat?

Might be a wise idea to build one.
 
2014-02-13 12:55:22 PM  

Gulper Eel: Cool, but do they at least have a fence around that shiat?

Might be a wise idea to build one.


A bullet proof fence?
 
2014-02-13 01:06:33 PM  

Heliovdrake: dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?

If I recall most solar plants use Hot Molten salts to store energy over night, so they can indeed run 24/7, the salts stay hot enough to continue to produce power for a few days I think. Not at max output of course.


I was being facetious.  It's my understanding that they are the kind of thing you use to help during peak hours, ie., during the day, and that you can take off line (or reduce the power output by the molten salt thingy) at night, when demand is less.
 
2014-02-13 01:12:26 PM  
I just figured out where to put all those bums with squeegees.
 
2014-02-13 01:23:26 PM  

vudukungfu: I just figured out where to put all those bums with squeegees.


Penthouse suite of the power plant?
 
2014-02-13 01:24:54 PM  
Sure, the cover story is that it's a power plant.  In reality, it's a weapon to be used against Them!.
 
2014-02-13 01:29:59 PM  

dittybopper: vudukungfu: I just figured out where to put all those bums with squeegees.

Penthouse suite of the power plant?


That's for the bums without squeegees. where do you think we get the "salts" from?
 
2014-02-13 01:32:39 PM  

dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?


Capacitors.
 
2014-02-13 01:36:22 PM  
img.fark.net

Careful, you never know when it may be used for evil.
 
2014-02-13 01:52:38 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: [img.fark.net image 427x232]

Careful, you never know when it may be used for evil.


Came for the HELIOS FONV reference.
 
2014-02-13 01:54:05 PM  

Ambivalence: dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?

Capacitors.


So, they collect electricity faraday and then release that night?
 
2014-02-13 01:55:05 PM  
Fail, unless the mirrors fold up at night and clean themselves.
 
2014-02-13 01:55:07 PM  
Is that a farking golf course right next to it? Heh.
 
2014-02-13 01:55:26 PM  
a million selfies.
 
2014-02-13 01:56:35 PM  
That's a neat little toy libulardos, but the problem with solar power is that since the sun revolves around the world it gets dark at night.  What are you going to do about that?
 
2014-02-13 01:56:35 PM  

p4p3rm4t3: Fail, unless the mirrors fold up at night and clean themselves.


Pay attention, we just found all the homeless guys with squeegee's jobs.

And from the pics, there's a golf course for them to sleep on right next door.
 
2014-02-13 01:57:15 PM  
So, all that space, for that little amount of energy? Seems productive.
 
2014-02-13 01:57:51 PM  
FTFA:"...it looks goddamn beautiful. "

That is a gross stain.  It is uglier than turbines.
 
2014-02-13 01:58:13 PM  

dittybopper: That is cool.

So, what do they do at night?


The entire facility is mounted on the back of a giant monster truck that drives west, following the sun.
 
2014-02-13 01:58:47 PM  
Umm, the sprawl these things would take more then the entire US's landmass to power the US if I remember right.  Sounds efficient.

/citation needed
 
2014-02-13 01:58:48 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Is that a farking golf course right next to it? Heh.


Primm Valley Golf Course, part of the Primm Valley casinos and resort that straddles the California/Nevada border on I-15, aka "Stateline."  The site is just inside the California border and about 40 minutes from Vegas.
 
2014-02-13 01:58:53 PM  
That is some amazing shiat right there. Cool beans.
 
2014-02-13 01:58:55 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: [img.fark.net image 427x232]

Careful, you never know when it may be used for evil.


Pff amateurs, here's a real solar weapon

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-13 01:59:48 PM  

Thunderpipes: So, all that space, for that little amount of energy? Seems productive.


You're not building much else in the Mojave desert
 
2014-02-13 01:59:56 PM  
Yeah, solar power's okay - if you like the sun - but I still think that the ocean has all the energy we need....somehow...
 
2014-02-13 02:00:14 PM  

James!: Sure they could use it to power cities or they could use it to power a death ray space laser.


Well DARPA is looking into using satellites to generate solar power and then using microwave transmission to beam that power to soldiers in the field. I'm just saying it is not too far fetched that the US will soon have a death ray.
 
2014-02-13 02:00:35 PM  

Thunderpipes: So, all that space, for that little amount of energy? Seems productive.


Yeah, god knows, if they keep building those things we're going to run out of useless desert.
 
2014-02-13 02:00:46 PM  
But seriously, how the hell do you clean them?
 
2014-02-13 02:02:02 PM  
Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battlepowerstation.
 
2014-02-13 02:02:30 PM  

Thunderpipes: So, all that space, for that little amount of energy? Seems productive.


How many mountain tops have been removed and giant pits dug in the name of coal?  Coal plants only have a small foot print because the material they burn is trucked in.
 
2014-02-13 02:03:18 PM  

Rapmaster2000: That's a neat little toy libulardos, but the problem with solar power is that since the sun revolves around the world it gets dark at night.  What are you going to do about that?


Go to bed at night.
 
2014-02-13 02:03:30 PM  
And it's all 100% clean energy, because those solar panels are organically grown by magical bunny people in the Brazilian rainforest...
 
2014-02-13 02:03:37 PM  
img.fark.net

Much on this for a while.
 
2014-02-13 02:03:44 PM  

styckx: But seriously, how the hell do you clean them?


Per the comments in TFA the mirrors are laid out such that a water truck can drive through and hose them down at night.  Also said they lose 7% efficiency a month if left unwashed.
 
2014-02-13 02:03:51 PM  

bhcompy: Ow! That was my feelings!: Is that a farking golf course right next to it? Heh.

Primm Valley Golf Course, part of the Primm Valley casinos and resort that straddles the California/Nevada border on I-15, aka "Stateline."  The site is just inside the California border and about 40 minutes from Vegas.


I find the juxaposition of the two hilarious and seriously farked up. What a country.
 
2014-02-13 02:04:13 PM  

styckx: But seriously, how the hell do you clean them?


Migrant mirror wipers. They move across the country, following the dust as it blows around.
 
2014-02-13 02:04:15 PM  
<i>Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines.  </i>

Remember, this is actually <b>steam</b>power.
 
2014-02-13 02:04:37 PM  
Market it as 100% natural instant-tan technology. It'll make millions!
 
2014-02-13 02:04:47 PM  

Thunderpipes: So, all that space, for that little amount of energy? Seems productive.


Because that spot of desert was previously in use as...?
 
2014-02-13 02:05:14 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Also said they lose 7% efficiency a month if left unwashed.


Like subby's mom?
 
2014-02-13 02:05:31 PM  
392 megawatts of clean solar power? Not in my backyard!! How am I to get some delicious licorice flavoring in my tap water?
 
2014-02-13 02:05:52 PM  

chaddsfarkprefect: FTFA:"...it looks goddamn beautiful. "

That is a gross stain.  It is uglier than turbines.


Still better than this

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2014-02-13 02:06:09 PM  
It covers 5 square miles.  It provides power to 140,000 homes.   I've no idea how may homes fit in 5 quare miles, but I think the power plant size to area served ratio might be a bit low.

NIMBY problems and such.
Won't somebody think of the Desert Tortise?
 
2014-02-13 02:06:21 PM  

Rapmaster2000: That's a neat little toy libulardos, but the problem with solar power is that since the sun revolves around the world it gets dark at night.  What are you going to do about that?


Hmmm. I didn't think Michelle Bachmann had a fark handle.
 
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