Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System - Sound Diary
Based around a recent trip to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California, this diary includes the drive up to the facility and sounds recorded by the perimeter fence.
Ivanpah generates electricity with 1000’s of computer controlled mirrors programmed to move with the sun and reflect sunlight onto three huge water towers, the heat converts the water to steam, this moves turbines generating electricity. Ivanpah opened in February 2014 and powers 140,000 homes.
When I walked up to the mirrors I found that they made some really interesting sounds. An electronic tone signals each movement of the mirrors, this is followed by the actual mechanical movement of the mirrors which sounds like creaking floorboards.
It would be interesting to have gone closer and recorded the steam powered turbines but the facility was closed off so I couldn’t go further than the perimeter fence.
The sound diary can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/dan-tapper-sound-design/ivanpah-solar-electric
* In the diary I say there are millions of mirrors, the actual figure is 170,000 mirrors. My response came from the sheer awesomeness of the site.
More information on Ivanpah can be found here: http://ivanpahsolar.com/