Solar power station. Array of solar panels (lower frame) at a solar power station. In the background is a pressurised water reactor nuclear power station. The solar panels or photovoltaic cells convert the energy in sunlight into electricity. This form of energy is renewable and virtually pollution-free but is only available during bright daylight. Nuclear power stations use the energy released when atoms are split. Nuclear reactors use little fuel and can be run at any time, but produce radioactive waste. Photograph of power stations at Rancho Seco near Sacramento, USA. The solar station produces 2. MW.
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