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>>California plant to combine CSP with biomass
June 16, 2008, 3:20 pm
Filed under: Utilities

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Pacific Gas & Electric has signed a deal to buy 106.8 megawatts of power from San Joaquin Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer Renewables, a Portuguese company. Martifer plans to build a concentrating solar plant near Coalinga, and will use a quarter-million tons of agricultural waste annually as a biomass fuel to extend power generation beyond sunset.

The biomass hybrid approach may be the first of its kind. Previously, hybrid CSP plants have burned natural gas to keep the electricity flowing at night. Fresno County is said to produce 2 million tons of agricultural waste annually — cattle manure, grass clippings and the non-edible stalks and hulls from grain crops.

The plant is scheduled to produce power in 2011.

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