Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, has been awarded a contract to apply its Ovation control system at the Crescent Dunes solar project near Tonopah, Nev.
When it comes online at the end of 2013, this 110 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be the first commercial-scale solar facility in the U.S. to generate power from solar energy that is captured and stored in liquid molten salt, Emerson notes.
The project is being developed by Tonopah Solar Energy LLC, an affiliate of SolarReserve LLC, and will use SolarReserve's CSP technology. Emerson's Ovation technology will directly control the circuit and heating process of the molten salt system, the water/steam cycle and auxiliary processes. The control system will also provide supervisory control of the mirrors and interface with the turbine control system.
The contract was awarded by Cobra Thermosolar Plants Inc.