Crescent Dunes Solar

By Daily Overview

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Description

This Overview shows the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah, Nevada. The facility powers up to 75,000 homes during peak electricity periods. The project uses 17,500 heliostat mirrors to collect and focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through a 540-foot (160 m) tall solar power tower. The molten salt then circulates from the tower to a storage tank where it is used to produce steam and generate electricity. One last thing - for a sense of scale here, look closely at the lower left corner of the Overview and you’ll notice a commercial airplane flying over the complex!

Daily Overview

Based in New York, New York.

Daily Overview, an ongoing project founded by Benjamin Grant, was inspired by, and derives its name from, an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth from outer space. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire. The Overviews (what we call these images) focus primarily on the places and moments where human activity — for better or for worse — has shaped the landscape. The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we highlight will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you're seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.