Solar furnace, close-up

Solar furnace, close-up

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Caption: Solar furnace. Close-up of the central area of the parabolic mirror at the Mont-Louis solar furnace, France. This experimental site was built in 1949 and was the world's first solar furnace. A flat mirror (not seen) directs sunlight towards the parabolic mirror. This focuses the sunlight and its 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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