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A fascinating article over on the BBC News site about an all solar-powered power generation plant. Go read the article for all the technical details, but it’s fairly ingenious. This one tower produces enough energy for 6,000 homes without producing one particle of greenhouse gases.
The mirrors track the sun, reflect the energy at the tower, the energy heats the water to steam, the steam fires the turbines. Simple concept, way wacky looking, and an inexhaustible power supply with no pollution. It doesn’t say what happens on a cloudy day, but some of the countries with lots of sunlight… heck, think of Hawaii!… and you are talking a massive cut in pollution, refining, and after initial costs, a major cash savings.
Let’s go for it!