Power from the sun in China

16 04 2009
Artist's impression of the 1.5 MW Dahan facility to be built near Beijing.

Artist's impression of the 1.5 MW Dahan facility to be built near Beijing.

Next month sees the start of a new construction in China, an experimental solar-thermal power plant near the Great Wall. The plant will generate clean energy for 30,000 households by 2010. Build costs are estimated at £10m and the entire plant will cover an area equal to 10 football pitches.

The difference with solar -thermal power uses an array of mirrors that focus the Sun’s rays onto a receiver. This is not the first in the world but a first in Asia. There are similar plants in California and Spain.

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/38411

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16 04 2009
sunsriverdotorg

While the search for power from the sun has a gotten a lot of attention lately, the sun as a source of an even more vital need for human habitation – water- has made a major breakthrough. The Sun’s River solar still will debut this year and will revolutionize the production of fresh water from the ocean. This puzzle, on which Aristotle worked, has finally been solved with a new leader for desalination. See more at: http://sunsriverdotorg.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/desalination-breakthrough/#comments

Solar is about to make a big “splash”. ; )

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