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SOLUCAR Solar Tower in Spain

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by David Williams, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. -> I just saw a video on youtube about the SOLUCAR Solar Tower in Spain.
    -> It can produce 11 MW !!!

    -> What does this mean for the future of PV ?

    -> In case you havent watched the video the Solar Tower uses a
    -> conventional turbine powered by heat generated from thousands of large
    -> mirrors.

    Yes. I've seen this thing on TV. I have also visited south-eastern
    Spain, where it is located. The area is almost an extension of the
    Sahara Desert - extremely dry, with clear skies almost all the time. Of
    course this makes it ideal for this kind of solar installation.

    For large-scale power generation, I suspect that solar-thermal
    technologies will dominate, especially in desert climates, where
    sunlight can be easily focussed onto a boiler. For small-scale
    operations, and in places where daylight is usually diffuse, PV is
    better suited.

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