World’s Biggest Solar Power Station
14 Sep 2010
After opening the biggest solar thermal power station ever built, Spain has become a world leader in solar energy generation
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Spain has become the world’s leading country in solar thermal power generation, overtaking the US, after opening the biggest solar power station ever built.
The La Florida plant, in Alvarado, uses a ‘parabolic trough’ to harness the sun’s energy. Sunlight is reflected off mirrors on to tubes filled with fluid. This heats up and is used to create steam that runs electricity-generating turbines. To make the most of the direct light available, the mirrors rotate throughout the day to track the movement of the sun.
The solar farm covers 550,000 square metres and produces 50 megawatts. The new facility brings the country’s total installed solar thermal power capacity to 432 megawatts, compared to the US output of 422 megawatts, says Spain’s solar energy association, Protermosolar.
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