Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. (B&W PGG), a major operating unit of The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W), has designed, developed and manufactured a tower-mounted steam generation receiver for eSolar's 5 MW solar thermal power plant in the Antelope Valley region of Southern California.
This new product positions B&W to enter the solar market of solar renewable energy, the company says. B&W is a major operating subsidiary of McDermott International Inc.
Based on extensive research and existing steam generation technologies, B&W's new solar receiver is designed to make more efficient use of sunlight at a commercial size, according to the company. The B&W solar receiver will sit atop a tower at eSolar's Sierra SunTower facility.
B&W's full-scale demonstration solar receiver was delivered to eSolar in April Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. Inc. has been contracted to install the solar receiver, and demonstration of the receiver's capabilities will take place later this summer.