Concentrating solar power plant

Concentrating solar power plant

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Credit: David Hicks/NREL/US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Concentrating solar power plant. View of the Sierra SunTower concentrating solar power plant in Lancaster, California, USA. Concentrating solar power plants use arrays of heliostats (mirrors with sun-tracking motion) to reflect sunlight and concentrate it onto a receiver at the top of a central tower (seen here). The concentrated solar energy is then used to produce electrical power by boiling water to produce steam, which is piped to a steam turbine electricity generator.

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