Seville : Harnessing the Sun

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In the southern Spanish city of Seville they are harnessing the power of 600 huge mirrors to power 6,000 homes with future plans to power all 600,000 homes in the town. It truly must be a sight to see in person – but if you aren’t planning on traveling to Spain any time soon check out these pictures and this video of the tower.

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1. The solar tower is 115m (377ft) tall and surrounded by 600 steel reflectors (heliostats). They track the sun and direct its rays to a heat exchanger (receiver) at the top of the tower
2. The receiver converts concentrated solar energy from the heliostats into steam
3. Steam is stored in tanks and used to drive turbines that will produce enough electricity for up to 6,000 homes
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