Explosion Dangers of Solar Thermal
At the Bureau of Land Management scoping meeting held August 18 in the town of Amargosa Valley, Nevada, we were handed these sheets by a local resident. She told us she lives a mile from the boundary of what would become a huge industrial solar thermal power plant using parabolic trough mirrors that collect heat from sunlight in tubes containg the synthetic oil Therminol. In 1999 a similar solar plant using a similar heat transfer oil exploded, causing a large fire. Residents of Amargosa Valley worry a similar accident could endanger their school, town, and residences. See our story on the BLM scoping meeting >>here.