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World’s Largest Solar Furnace

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The world’s largest solar furnace in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via.

The world’s largest solar furnace uses more than 10,000 mirrors to generate power in the Pyrenees Mountains in the Basque region of the French/Spanish border.

Located in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, the world’s largest solar furnace  (also called a solar concentrator), was built in 1970 and captures the sun’s rays via a field of mirrors, focusing them onto a large concave mirror which directs the reflected sun energy into a small area that is able to reach scorching temperatures of 3,000°C (5,430°F).

The heat energy can then be used to generate electricity via a steam turbine, make hydrogen fuel or perform high temperature experiments on metals.

Via: Altas Obscura & Wiki