An Ancient Greek Weapon Could Become The Future Of Solar Energy

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Producing energy with Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), resembling that of Archimedes’ fabled weapon, can possibly save a fortune. There are 2 types of CSPs: parabolic troughs, which use curved mirrors to capture heat by focusing the light onto a tube holding liquid; and solar power towers, which use a tower and straight mirrors to collect energy from the sun. Craig Shields describes the process as “[f]ocusing the sun’s rays on a certain point or a certain line and using that heat to turn a turbine to generate electricity.” Read full article here

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