SolarReserve Crescent Dunes solar thermal facility
Tonopah, Nevada, U.S.
Photographer: Ivan Boden.
Ivan is a professional photographer in California and has graciously allowed 7minutesolar to publish this great shot free of charge. We encourage you to check out more of his exceptional work on his website.
This shot was the Grand Prize winner in the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s ‘Hit Me With Your SunShot’ photo contest last year.
‘Behind the scenes’
“I took the shot while on assignment to photograph the SolarReserve facility for a marketing campaign.
The photo is of SolarReserve’s concentrated solar thermal power plant in Tonopah, NV last July and shows heliostats (the large arrays of mirrors) in their stored state, with early rays of the sun lighting the sky.
The heliostats move into position for preheating a tower, then articulate to follow the sun during the heating hours of daylight time. It’s an absolutely amazing facility and utilizes a first-of-it’s kind proprietary technology enabling it to generate power day and night.”
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
1/320 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II Lens at 31mm
About Photographer Ivan Boden
I am a former creative director for a data analytics firm in Jersey City, NJ. After 15+ years as a graphic designer/creative, I decided to pursue my passion for photography. My wife and I relocated from New Jersey to California last year, to be near our two daughters, and for new job opportunities.
I am a commercial/editorial photographer with experience shooting from helicopters, and I’m also an FAA Part 107 trained drone pilot.
As one who cares deeply for the environment, I am devoted to clean energy. Working for SolarReserve as a contractor is a great privilege and honor. The employees at SolarReserve are wonderful people, dedicated to their work, clean energy saving our planet and a dream to work with.
About SolarReserve and solar thermal electricity generation
Crescent Dunes is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities. The project delivers enough firm, reliable electricity from solar energy to power 75,000 homes in Nevada during peak demand periods, day and night, whether or not the sun is shining. The project, which entered into commercial operation in late 2015 and delivers 110 megawatts of electricity plus 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage, is the only operating utility scale molten salt power tower on the planet.
Find out how a molten salt solar thermal plant works in our article about Australia’s Aurora Solar Energy Project: