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Guardian provides mirrors to solar energy project


April 9, 2012
By Guardian Industries

ivanpah_simulation_smallApril 5, 2012 – Guardian Industries has announced that the company’s EcoGuard Solar Boost mirrors are being installed at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert. The project, a partnership between NRG Solar (a subsidiary of NRG Energy), Google and BrightSource Energy, will nearly double the amount of solar thermal energy produced in the U.S. today.

April 5, 2012 – Guardian Industries has announced that the company’s
EcoGuard Solar Boost mirrors are being installed at the Ivanpah Solar
Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert. The project, a
partnership between NRG Solar (a subsidiary of NRG Energy), Google and
BrightSource Energy, will nearly double the amount of solar thermal
energy produced in the U.S. today.

Guardian started supplying the first of 160,000 of its EcoGuard Solar Boost mirrors to ISEGS in November 2011. "EcoGuard Solar Boost has been proven to withstand the extreme
conditions found in the Mojave Desert," said Martin Bracamonte, vice-president of science and technology at Guardian Flat Glass Group. "The
technology used in manufacturing the glass gives it the extra edge in
being a more durable and reliable resource to maximize capturing the
sun's energy for large-scale use."

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ivanpah_simulation_small 
Thousands of software-controlled mirrors
track the sun in two dimensions and reflect the sunlight to a boiler
that sits atop a tower. Photo courtesy of the California Energy Commission.


 

Guardian's EcoGuard Solar Boost mirrors have an industry-leading
reflectivity. In 1978, Guardian Industries delivered one if its first
sets of laminated flat mirrors to Sandia National Laboratories, one of
the first solar fields in the United States. Today the manufacturer has four
manufacturing lines specialized in solar mirrors throughout the world.

At the Ivanpah solar plant, thousands of software-controlled mirrors
track the sun in two dimensions and reflect the sunlight to a boiler
that sits atop a tower. When the concentrated sunlight strikes the
boiler’s pipes, it heats the water to create superheated steam. This
high-temperature steam is then piped from the boiler to a standard
turbine where electricity is generated.

Located in Ivanpah, Calif., about five miles from the California/Nevada
border, on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management,
Guardian EcoGuard Solar Boost mirrors will help deliver energy from the
sun to more than 140,000 homes in California, during the peak hours of
the day. 

Related links
California Energy Commission
Guardian Industries


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