Business Review
Renewable Energy - Solar

 

Jim Peltier, Principal Engineer, is based at the SES engineering and test site operations at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working with an experienced and innovative team, Jim is responsible for the technical design and development of the SunCatcher Power Conversion Unit (PCU).  “Working with and combining the expertise of so many different people to create such a radically new and effective technology has been a tremendous experience.”

 

SES
Since NTR’s initial investment in SES in 2008, the company has undergone a period of significant development and growth. Following a series of technological advancements, SES demonstrated that the SunCatcher can be deployed at scale through the launch of the Maricopa Solar 1.5 megawatt (MW) plant. The Maricopa facility has generated over 100,000 operational hours at an overall field availability of over 96% and has proven that the SunCatcher technology can be deployed at scale. The valuable experiences gained from constructing and operating the plant will serve as the basis for further refinement of the SunCatcher and plant design going forward.

 

Subsequent to year end, in response to the current challenging funding environment, it is now anticipated that high volume roll-out of the SunCatcher will take place over a longer timeframe than previously envisaged. This longer lead time will be used to incorporate additional advances into the product, further enhancing its competitiveness and productivity.

 

Utility-scale Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is projected to be one of the fastest growing power-generation segments. By focusing on cost-competitive, utility-scale manufacturing, the SunCatcher is well positioned to take a leading role in this emerging market.


Tessera Solar
Tessera Solar is an independent power company that develops utility-scale solar projects.

 

Rapid and large-scale growth in the US solar power market is driven by long-term government incentives and mandated state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Tessera Solar North America focused its efforts throughout the year on the US Southwest.

 

First to Achieve Federal and State Permitting
In particular, Tessera Solar has been heavily focused on the permitting process for its two Californian-based utility-scale solar projects, Imperial Valley Solar and Calico Solar, totalling 1.3 gigawatts (GW). Subsequent to year end, both projects successfully completed a complex series of permitting processes, culminating in the awarding of approvals by both the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) – a first for utility-scale solar projects.

Sterling Energy Systems & Tessera Solar

Jim Peltier, Principal Engineer, is based at the SES engineering and test site operations at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working with an experienced and innovative team, Jim is responsible for the technical design and development of the SunCatcher Power Conversion Unit (PCU).  “Working with and combining the expertise of so many different people to create such a radically new and effective technology has been a tremendous experience.”
SES demonstrated that the SunCatcher can be deployed at scale through the launch of the Maricopa Solar 1.5 megawatt (MW) plant. The Maricopa facility has generated over 100,000 operational hours at an overall field availability of
over 96%.