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Concentrated Solar PowerWhen completed in 2007, Nevada Solar One (NS1) was the first concentrating solar power (CSP) plant built in 17 years, and the third largest. Since then, a number of similar plants have been built in the US and elsewhere, bringing sustainable, cost effective solar power to an increasing number of consumers. NS1 covers about 400 acres of Nevada desert near Boulder City, with a nameplate rating of 64 MW, sufficient to power over 14,000 homes annually while avoiding CO2 emissions equivalent to 20,000 cars.
Over 7 million pounds of extruded 6061 alloy aluminum components provide the mounting/tracking system for NS1's 760 parabolic concentrators and 182,000+ mirrors. The extrusion-based design:
For more information on extrusion applications in renewable energy: Click on Extrusion Applications - Energy.
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