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Creating a. brighter future. for humanity through. SOLAR ENERGY. Stirling Energy Systems, Inc. Orange County Business Council March 10, 2009. Introduction to SES. About SES. Overview

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Stirling energy systems inc

Creating a

brighter future

for humanity through


Stirling Energy Systems, Inc.

Orange County Business CouncilMarch 10, 2009

Stirling energy systems inc

About SES


  • SES acquired the world’s most efficient solar technology, the McDonnell Douglas solar Dish Stirling system, developed at a cost of $400 million by McDonnell Douglas, U.S. DOE & Kockums of Sweden

  • SES develops central station solar electric plants and sells electricity through Power Purchase Agreements with leading utility companies

  • SES will sell equipment for turn-key solar thermal Dish Stirling electrical power plants

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SES & NTR Partnership

Strategic Partners

  • SES founded in 1996, based in Phoenix, Arizona

  • SES has outstanding technical expertise in solar energy development

  • NTR invested $100 million in April 2008 and continues provide millions in funding, as well as excellent proficiency in large scale infrastructure and renewable energy

  • Together SES and NTR are capable of building the world’s largest and most efficient solar generating facilities

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Power Conversion Unit (PCU)

PCU Boom

Azimuth Drive

Elevation Drive

Main Beam

Mirror Facet

Box Trusses

Dish Controller(inside pedestal)


SES Solar Dish Assembly

Hydrogen Storage

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The SES Solar Dish Assembly

SunCatcher is modular for ease of assembly

and maintenance



Power conversion unit pcu

Stirling Engine


Stirling Engine










Power Conversion Unit (PCU)

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Significant Competitive Advantages vs. Other Solar Technologies

  • 2 - 3x more efficient at producing grid-quality electricity. We hold the world’s record for efficiency at 31.25% (Converts 31.25% of the energy that hits our mirrors into grid quality electric power).

  • Requires approximately one-half of the raw materials and cost of a solar power plant of equal output.

  • Uses <1% of water used by other CSP

  • Modular system and high availability

  • More flexible siting

  • Lower startup costs

  • Targeted for utility-scale power

SunCatcher Efficiency vs. Other Solar

Source: Southern California Edison and Sandia National Laboratories

Efficiency is key to SES’ cost-competitiveness

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High Volume, Low Cost Manufacturing Model Technologies

  • Projected cost reductions are based on a learning curve approach widely used in industry

  • SES is leveraging potential strategic partners and key suppliers to transform hand-built units into a high performance, low-cost product

  • Detroit high-performance engine manufacturer will build Stirling engine

  • Cost Reduction Drivers:

  • Economies of scale

  • Automation

  • Simplify product / reduce number of parts

  • Off-the-shelf components

  • Simplify assembly

$ / kW

Production Rate

The SunCatcher is like a “funny-shaped” automobile

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Pathway to Commercialization Technologies


“Bridging the Gap”


Past… Today


  • Goals

  • US & International markets

  • Supply chain—US based

    with global reach

  • Ultra-low cost systems

  • High-volume manufacturing

  • Advanced systems

Starting Point

  • 20-year history

  • Development units

    • Model power plant

    • 6 systems

    • SES supply chain

  • Commercialization Program

  • Product commercialization

  • Supply chain development

  • Development projects

    • Model power plant

    • Company infrastructure

Commercialization program is the pathway to fulfilling production contracts

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SES Model Power Plant Operating at Sandia Technologies

  • Located at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) at DOE’s Sandia labs. – partners for more than 10 years. We are putting 150,000 watts into the Kirkland, AFB power grid.

  • Proving ground & showcase

  • On-Going system testing

    • Performance

    • Reliability

    • Systems Integration

  • Augmented SES with Sandia scientists & engineers

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El Centro Plant Technologies

SES Solar Two

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Solar Two Plant Technologies

  • Imperial Valley site designed for 750 MW, enough energy for approximately 500,000 homes

  • 30,000 Solar Dish Stirling systems

  • 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with SDG&E up to 900 MW

  • Sited on 650,000 acres at Plaster City, 10 miles west of El Centro

  • Construction scheduled for 2010 – 2014

  • SDG&E and SCE contracts support supply chain sustainability

Schedule and process
Schedule and Process Technologies

  • Application For Certification filed with the California Energy Commission June 30, 2008

  • Memorandum of Understanding with CEC and Bureau of Land Management

  • State and federal approvals required

  • Estimated approval 12 to 16 months

  • Construction Spring 2010

Jobs and cost
Jobs and Cost Technologies

  • Total cost to build plant is approximately $1 billion

  • Construction jobs will range from 300 to 700 during four years

  • Solar Two will create more than 160 new full-time jobs to operate solar generating facility

  • Local job impact will be even greater with multiplier effect

Additional benefits
Additional Benefits Technologies

  • Stirling Energy will emit no greenhouse gasses and displace tons of harmful emissions from old power plants in San Diego

  • Stirling will enhance economic development, spark solar energy generation and produce millions of dollars of new revenues for the County of Imperial

  • Solar Two will require only 33 acre-feet of water to generating 750 megawatts of clean solar energy