Cold Solar Power, LLC

The problem:

Our modern world still relies on fossil fuels for most of its power. Nuclear power is too politically sensitive, wind power and existing solar power are too unreliable. We need a new way to provide the energy our technology requires.

The solution:

Cold Solar Power, LLC is developing a new type of solar power. With minimal plant capital requirements (less than $1/watt installed), this new technology provides virtually limitless constant baseline power. While most solar technologies cost more and also require massive energy storage devices to provide power during bad weather, Cold Solar Power's technology provides a constant power level regardless of weather and even during the night.

The merits: Capacity factors, Availability factors, and Dispatchability

A plant's capacity factor is the ratio of power delivered to the plant's maximum output. A Cold Solar Power plant is expected to allow a capacity factor in the high ninety percent range.
A plant's availability factor is the ratio of power delivered to the plant's maximum output ignoring power source problems, such as nighttime for solar power and low winds for wind power. A Cold Solar Power plant is expected to allow a capacity factor in the high ninety percent range.
A plant's dispatchability is a measurement of the time it takes to increase the power output of a plant. A Cold Solar Power plant is expected to allow a dispatchability of about 90% of rated power in a few minutes.

Business bootstrap approach

Our first goal is to create a prototype power plant to demonstrate the power cycle. It will generate a measurable amount of power, but will not be economically viable as a power plant.

We will then expand the plant, generating more power as the plant scales up. Due to basic physics, the plant's cost per watt drops quickly as the total power increases - dropping below $1/W as the plant becomes full size.

Spreading the power

Cold solar power intends to license our technology to power producing companies. After the first plant has demonstrated the economical generation of electric power, we will work with governments and companies around the world to replace coal and gas fired plants with cold solar power plants.

Cold solar power vs. the incumbants
Plant TypeAdvanatagesDisadvantages
cold solar power * inexpensive (about $1/W)
* no fuel costs
* no CO2 nor pollution
* provide baseline load power
* very reliable
* quick startup/shutdown
* can be built anywhere
oil * inexpensive (less than $1/W)
* provide baseline load power
* very reliable
* quick startup/shutdown
* ongoing fuel costs
* contribute to CO2 and pollution
coal * inexpensive (about $1/W)
* provide baseline load power
* very reliable
* ongoing fuel costs
* contribute to CO2 and pollution
nat gas * inexpensive (about $1/W)
* provide baseline load power
* very reliable
* quick startup/shutdown
* ongoing fuel costs
* contribute to CO2 and pollution
wind * no fuel costs
* no CO2 nor pollution
* more expensive (about $2/W)
* maintenance intensive
* unreliable (weather)
* cannot provide baseline load power
solar * no fuel costs
* no CO2 nor pollution
* more expensive (about $2/W)
* unreliable cell supply
* unreliable (weather)
* no power provided at night
* cannot provide baseline load power
hydroelectric * inexpensive (less than $1/W)
* no fuel costs
* no CO2 nor pollution
* provide baseline load power
* very reliable
* quick startup/shutdown
* limited placement
* high environmental impact

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