Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant

This page provides information on Kimberlina, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Kimberlina is the first Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) project in North America. Located in Bakersfield, CA, Ausra began construction of the power plant in March 2008, with the plant entering operation in October 2008. Kimberlina generates up to 5 megawatts of electricity at full output to help meet California’s peak summer demand.
Status Date

Background

Technology
Linear Fresnel reflector
Status
Currently Non-Operational
Location

Bakersfield, CA
United States

County
Kern
Lat/Long Location
35°
34'
0.00"
North
119°
11'
39.10"
West
Land Area
12 acres
Break Ground Date
Start Production Date
Project Type
Demonstration
Incentives
Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

Participants

Developer(s)
Ausra
Operator(s)
Ausra
Generation Offtaker(s)
California ISO

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area
25,988 m²
# of Lines
3
Line Length
385 m
Mirror Width in Line
2 m
# of Mirrors across Line
10
Collector Manufacturer
Ausra
Collector Description
Compact Linear Fresnel
Mirror Manufacturer
Ausra
Drive Manufacturer
Ausra
Receiver Manufacturer
Ausra
Receiver Type
Non-evacuated
Receiver Length
385 m
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type
Water
Solar-Field Outlet Temp
300ºC

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross)
5 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net)
5 MW
Output Type
Steam Rankine
Power Cycle Pressure
40 bar

Thermal Storage

Storage Type
None

Project Overview

Project Name: Kimberlina Solar Thermal Power Plant (Kimberlina)
Location: United States
(CA)
Location: Bakersfield (CA)
Owner(s) (%): Ausra (100%)
Technology: Linear Fresnel reflector
Turbine Capacity (Net):
5 MW
Turbine Capacity (Gross):
5 MW
Status: Currently Non-Operational
Start Year: 2008

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