Siemens Energy will supply an SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control (I&C) system and two steam turbine-generators for the 400 MW Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in the Mojave desert in California.The purchaser is BrightSource Energy Inc., a developer of utility-scale solar thermal power plants.

Siemens will supply the SPPA-T3000 for all three units of the Ivanpah project. Siemens said this is the first deployment of the  I&C system in a solar tower power plant of this size.

For Ivanpah Units 2 and 3 the company will also supply two steam turbines and two generators. The start of commercial operation of Units 2 and 3 is scheduled for 2013.

Siemens will equip the first 126 MW unit and the 133 MW Units 2 and 3 with its SPPA-T3000 I&C system, which has been used in fossil-fueled power plants. In addition to the I&C system, Siemens will also implement the linkup to an asset management system.

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