Lockheed Martin, the maker and developer of Stealth, bought himself a strange solar park

A Renewable Energy World reported the news that Lockheed Martin is investing in a solar and energy storage project in Canada. The company’s announcement came as a surprise, as the company, which specializes in the production of fighter jets, has not shown up in such an area so far. All the more so interested in Lockheed Martin on the development of artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons for the future; and, more recently, the delivery of “directed energy beams” (meaning: laser cannon) they also excelled in its development.

This is why it is surprising what a company immersed in both hypersonic and space technology wants with a secluded solar park in Canada. For the time being, the news is only that, in addition to their own $ 9 million, the Alberta government is adding another $ 10 million to get the investment already planned for the 300-acre site to begin as soon as possible.

A TC Energy Saddlebrook Solar + Storage Project in fact, it includes a complex solar-based power plant that is expected to be capable of a maximum capacity of 102.5 MW and will thus be able to provide enough electricity to provide an annual energy supply to 30,000 households. In addition to the solar cell, a utility-scale energy storage system will be built, which is planned to be scaled to 6.5 MW / 40 MWh.

Saddlebrook Park is a so-called bifacial solar panels will be installed, which means that the panels will generate energy on both sides: the side facing the sun will generate electricity directly, and the opposite side will generate electricity indirectly, for example by using rays reflected from the ground or the ground.

Operating scheme of bifacial solar cells:

Image: TC Energy

So far, no information has come to light about the system that Lockheed Martin would directly use the experience gained there or the energy it produces itself. According to official information, the “crop” of the solar park will be taken over by the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES) and utilized in the grid, but the battery will be sharpened directly to the power supply peaks in Alberta.

The power plant is scheduled to be built in two phases, with the second phase, when the battery system and full solar capacity will be commissioned, wait until early 2024.


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