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December 15, 2008

Mtg: Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant Project

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WEDNESDAY February 18, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Bill Conlon, Ph.D., Director of Power Engineering, Ausra, Inc
Time: Social/Snacks/Drinks/Desert at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:20 PM
Cost: none
Place: Siemens Energy and Automation Inc, 25821 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 300, Hayward
RSVP: by email to Diep Nguyen, Diep@ieee.org
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/oeb/pes

Ausra, Inc., a Palo Alto-based startup, recently completed construction of the first Solar Thermal Power Plant in California in nearly 20 years.? The Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant near Bakersfield demonstrates Ausraâ??s CLFR [Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector] direct steam generation technology, employing independent rows of mirrors to reflect sunlight onto boiler tubes.? The resulting high pressure steam is used to drive a conventional steam turbine to deliver power to PG&Eâ??s grid.? It also represents the gateway to Ausraâ??s 180-megawatt solar thermal plant currently under development for PG&E.? This presentation will describe the advances in solar thermal electric generation that have gained the investment of prominent VC firms, such as Kleiner-Perkins and Khosla Ventures.

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