The El Paso Solar Pond has been operated successfully since May, 1986 at temperatures as high as 90 degrees C. The minimum temperature during the winter of 1986-87 was 68 degrees C. The key to this continually stable operation has been daily monitoring of temperature profiles with a continuous temperature scanning probe and weekly monitoring of salinity profiles at 5 cm intervals. These data are input to a stability program which uses 5 cm intervals to check for gradient stability margin greater than 2. This paper will discuss pond operation since startup in May 1986, engine operation since installation in September 1986 and installation and preliminary operational results of the desalting plant.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1988|