Odeillo solar furnace

Odeillo solar furnace

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Caption: Wide-angle view of the parabolic reflector at Odeillo-Font-Romeau solar power station in the Eastern Pyrenees, France. Positioned in front of the reflector (out of view here) is an array of sixty-three flat orientating mirrors that automatically track the motion of the sun, reflecting incident radiation onto the parabolic reflector mirror. The reflector is composed of 9,500 mirrors which concentrate the sun's rays onto a dark-coated furnace at its focus (the tower at right). The system is capable of producing thermal power of 1,000 kilowatts, and achieving a temperature of 3,800 degrees C. within the furnace.

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