Mont-Louis solar furnace

Mont-Louis solar furnace

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Credit: ALASTAIR PHILIP WIPER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mont-Louis solar furnace, France. This experimental site was built in 1949 and was the world's first solar furnace. A flat mirror (left) directs sunlight towards the parabolic mirror array (right). This focuses the sunlight onto an area just above the staircase in front of it. This concentrates the energy in a small area and achieves high temperatures. This can be used in the form of thermal power, or directly to heat objects. This solar furnace was the precursor of the larger one at Odeillo, opened in 1970. Photographed in 2012.

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