A beautiful photo essay showcasing one of the world’s largest solar power plants was recently published in Technology Review. The entire gallery of photos, archived under “Good Day Sunshine”, can be viewed at the Technology Review Web site.
This southern Portugal PV plant is expected to produce 21,340 megawatt-hours of electricity each year. The plant also illustrates economies of scale. According to PowerLight, the plant’s operator, it was less expensive to build one large array than to spread the cells out into smaller groupings or onto rooftops. In addition, the land will be used for dual purposes. The installations are situated far enough off the ground to allow livestock grazing.
The PowerLight Web site includes extensive press release coverage the array.
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.