Mont-Louis solar furnace experiment

Mont-Louis solar furnace experiment

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Credit: ALASTAIR PHILIP WIPER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mont-Louis solar furnace experiment. At upper centre, a researcher is holding an object at the focal point of the solar furnace to demonstrate its power. This experimental site, the world's first solar furnace, was built in 1949 in France. A flat mirror (not seen) directs sunlight towards the parabolic mirror array. This focuses the sunlight onto the area shown, achieving concentrated energy and high temperatures. This can be used in the form of thermal power, or directly to heat objects, as shown here. This solar furnace was the precursor of the larger one at Odeillo, opened in 1970. Photographed in 2012.

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