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Maximizing Reliability and Ease of Management in a Solar Power Plant

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Case Study

Maximizing Reliability and Ease of Management in a Solar Power Plant

Solar Power Plant



The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is accelerating in countries around the world. On a global scale, there are more power plants going online that use clean sources, than coal and natural gas combined. One of the most popular forms of renewal energy is solar, especially in regions that lack strong winds and large rivers.

In the northern part of Chile lies the Atacama Desert. Its nearly moisture-free climate, combined with an abundance of year-round sunlight, makes it an ideal location to construct a solar power plant. The new 110-megawatt plant, named Cerro Dominador, is a concentrated solar power (CSP) facility, that utilizes 10,600 mirrors (heliostats) arranged in a circle to reflect sunlight onto a central tower 243 feet high... <read more>


The Challenge

In order to maintain energy production, the solar plant must be able to run non-stop at all times when sunlight is available. The efficiency and profitability of the plant depends on the solar radiation staying focused on the tower. Electrical output will decrease if the temperature of the chemical salts is reduced, so it is... <read more>



EtherWAN was entrusted with the creation of a highly reliable data communications network, one that could connect all devices in the massive 700 hectare (1730 acre) facility. EtherWAN’s field application engineers worked closely with the plant designers in order to understand the application requirements, then designed and tested the proposed network architecture... <read more>



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