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Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by Cynthia Shahan


ESolar’s Modular Solar Power Towers with Storage

September 3rd, 2012 by  

ESolar’s CEO puts it directly: “Our objective is to compete straight up with the best-in-class PVs.”


“What is so unique about our technology is the modular nature of it and the scalability,” explained eSolar President/CEO John Van Scoter. “Instead of one-size-fits-all,” he said, “we can literally build these up just like building blocks and adapt to different customer requirements.”

Besides the company’s streamlined and clear sculptural look, at a quick glance, it seems it has attracted some big business partners. It has partnered up with General Electric (GE) and Babcock & Wilcox, two major energy sector multinationals. And it has a roadmap for scaling its cost down and reaching outward.

Besides competing “straight-up with the best-in-class PVs on an ongoing basis,”  it also has “the advantage of being dispatchable with storage.”

And its affect on water consumption is notable. “The company has also streamlined the system’s power electronics, cabling installation and robotic heliostat cleaning. The first two will reduce costs and the third, Van Scoter said, “will reduce water consumption by an order of magnitude.”

It seems that this is a company is one to keep an eye on. What do you think? A potential game-changer? Potential, but not sure yet?

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Cynthia Shahan is an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings who have lit the way for me for decades.

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