Smokey_Bear December 17, 2010 12:03 AM just build a nuclear power plant and stop eff\'ing around with all this garbage. mrhuckfin December 17, 2010 09:27 AM Yup! I like the underlying tech but this will never be practical and/or ever generate a useful amount of power. Don Bill December 17, 2010 12:08 PM Don\'t listen to trash mouthed wrong headed nuke apologists. Build, baby, Build! But i\'m concerned; If that molten mixture of sodium and potassium nitrates (eutectic, yes?) cools off and congeals, would that not plug up the works? Slowburn December 17, 2010 12:22 PM The thermal system is interesting, but if they are not also using the steam cycle to desalinate water, they would be better off using sterling cycle engines to produce the electricity. Giuseppe Picciuca December 17, 2010 01:28 PM Italian Nobel for fisics Carlo Rubbia proposes a variant to this kind of power plant, it replaces the tower and the heliostats with parabolic mirrors which have an absorber tube as receiver.a 3d model of the \"project archimede\" (actually running in Sicily since this july) can be found on Second life, enel\'s land, enel park Burnerjack December 17, 2010 06:44 PM Why was Solar two shut down? Too expensive to operate? Can\'t make a profit with a measley 10 MW output? If its already built and functioning why kill it? 10 MW is 10 MW, no? John Weiss December 18, 2010 04:27 PM Thorium nuclear plants are the answer. Look it up! Adrian Akau December 18, 2010 05:02 PM Salt plants in Northern Africa should work very well,Large masses can be melted, from solid into gel,Providing needed power, to send beneath the sea,To European countries, that need electricity.One day when this will happen, solar then will find,Its place in power production and a changing of the mind,That concentrated solar, with salt to hold the heat,Is a generation process that should help coal to unseat. Anumakonda Jagadeesh December 19, 2010 09:25 AM Good innovative approach for wider usage of Solar Power.Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India windykites March 21, 2011 01:45 PM I wonder what the payback time is for a plant of this size. Also why not just generate the electricity during the day, and let some other supplier provide night-time energy? Then you wouldn\'t need the molten salt. All the heliostats take a lot of maintenance. This whole project looks enormously expensive. Maybe someone has talked a lot of investors into parting with their money.