More than a decade ago, scientists in Utah decided to try to figure out how to convert solar energy to electricity.
The project began with an idea for a solar thermal plant.
The plant, called the Utah Solar Thermal Facility, would convert solar radiation into electricity by heating a hot molten salt to around 700 degrees Celsius.
The scientists used thermodynamic modeling to simulate how solar radiation would be transformed into electricity.
They found that the plant would produce roughly as much electricity as the entire power grid.
But the experiment was never implemented, and the project was abandoned in 2010.
Then in 2013, a solar panel in an old nuclear plant in South Carolina came on line.
It was powered by a small solar thermal unit, but the system was designed to use up a small portion of the solar radiation, so that it could be turned into electricity and stored in a special storage tank.
The new solar thermal system at the Utah solar thermal facility.
(Utah Department of Energy)”That’s when I said, ‘Why don’t we try to build a solar energy facility?’
And it was this huge, enormous undertaking,” said Mark Molnar, the project’s project manager.
The solar thermal project was designed as a test for a new solar energy technology called molten salt thermal power.
But the team wasn’t sure how to integrate molten salt into the proposed energy storage system.
To help them find a solution, they hired a consultant, who helped design the system and helped develop the system’s design.
In November 2013, the Utah Department of Engineering and Technology signed an agreement with the Suncor Power and Solar, a joint venture between Suncor and General Electric.
Suncor is building the plant, and General Edison is leasing the power from the plant.
The deal is a major step forward for a small, fledgling company that has not been involved in a major project since its founding in 1998.
It also comes as the U.S. government considers whether to develop solar energy as a viable energy source in the long term.
“This is the first step to really get this energy on the grid,” said David Schreiber, the president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Solar thermal technology is gaining traction, but it is still years away from being a commercial power source.
In the meantime, the technology has to be tweaked, tested and refined, and that can take years.
“It’s just a long process,” said Schreib.
The Utah Solar Energy Facility is now the only project in the U, with an estimated total cost of $1.5 billion.
The Utah Solar Storage Project will be located at the University of Utah’s Geothermal Energy Laboratory, located near the Salt Lake City campus.
It will include an array of thermal and commercial solar thermal systems and a storage facility.
The thermal storage facility will be powered by liquid hydrogen, which is used to heat liquid salt and to store it in a liquid metal container.
The system will be operated by the Utah Energy Center, a state-owned utility.
The Suncor Solar Thermal System at the state-of-the-art geothermal energy facility.
The Suncor Energy Center is the only one in the nation to use molten salt.
(Suncor Energy)Suncor’s molten salt system will store energy from the sun for more than five years.
It’s also part of a large, state-funded project called the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to generate renewable energy from molten salts.
The goal is to store energy in molten salts until it can be used for power generation or for other applications.
NREL is working on a plan to test a new system that will also store energy and store it for five years and is expected to be ready in 2020.
“There is a tremendous amount of work ahead of us,” SchreIB said.
“The project is being built at the moment and the molten salt storage is being tested at this point.
But there is no question it’s going to be there.”
The Utah Energy Centre will store power from its molten salt facility for five decades.
(David Schreber)The molten salt project will help the state meet a goal set by President Donald Trump, to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035.
But it’s not the only reason why the Suncoast region is seeing rapid growth in solar power.
There are more than 2,400 solar energy projects across the country, and more than $1 billion in federal and state incentives are on the table for the region.
In the future, the U will also have to figure how to scale up the energy storage technology for other places in the country that have not yet started building out their solar power generation.
The U will need to find new energy storage technologies to meet the challenges it faces, including in developing renewable energy sources like wind, geothermal and tidal energy.