25 Aug '11, 1pm

Solar Furnaces: a powerful use of solar power

Solar Furnaces: a powerful use of solar power

Solar power can be used in many extraordinary ways. One of the most majestic applications of solar thermal energy is the solar furnace. These are enormous installations that make use of solar thermal energy for extreme high heat processes (temperatures as high as 3500o C/6330o F). The technology is wonderful for high temperature researchers; the heat produced is very clean with no pollutants. There are a variety of uses for this energy, such as hydrogen fuel production, foundry applications and high temperature materials testing. Thus science can advance without enormous energy bills. Research can take place in areas previously deemed too costly or polluting to be worthwhile. Solar power is to thank. The largest solar furnace currently in existence is at Odeillo in the Pyrenees-Orientales in France; it has been operational since 1970. This area boasts extremely high air qu...

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