solar seville

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Amazing! This is Europe’s first commercial solar power station near Seville, Spain. PS10, is a 300ft tall tower surrounded by 624 solar panels which will produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes.

Here is how the tower works: the solar panels, a 120m2 mixture of mirrors and photovoltaics, track the sun throughout the year, reflect the energy of the sun to solar receptor at the top of the tower. Water passes through pipes at the top, and is heated enough to turn it into steam by the solar receptor, which in turn passes through a series of turbines to produce electricity.

The area around the tower becomes so bright, that it actually illuminates the water vapor and dust that is in the air. It becomes necessary to wear sunglasses while you are there.

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The goal is to provide enough green energy for 180,000 homes, or most of the population of Seville. The final project, able to produce over 300MW, will include a series of towers, two more of which are being built, and standard photovoltaic power plants, as well as a mixture of newer parabolic solar collectors which will be installed at a later stage. The entire power plant will be operational by 2013. The entire development, once it’s operational, will generate zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Boy, I’d rather see something like this in the United States, than nuculear (as the big W would say) power plants!

Now check out ocean power in California here.

Thanks to www.inhabitat.com for info.

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13 thoughts on “solar seville

  1. Hi,

    I’m interested in whether the research unti I work for could purchase a higher resolution version of the Sevilla solar tower surrounded by the solar panels. If so, how much would it cost?

    Thank you, Karen

  2. I say! That’s using the old noodle!
    I mean… think if some of those desert Red states had to go solar. Just Phoenix, AZ would probably generate enough solar energy in a day to power it entirely for a week . Instead, they hide from the sun all day and hydro-electrical generated electricity powers all their requisite air-conditioning… as they pay a premium!
    Spain, once again, sets an upstanding example for her American cousin.

    No wonder the Petrol Barons that control the Right, (including, of course,the Bush family specifically), want an isolationist US that ignores European technological and social progress!

  3. If only our banks (our leaders) would allow (to invest ALL the proceeds of the coming carbon tax into such)! Eventually they will have to (unless they want to destroy us by post oil depletion and fascist control). There’s no money in that, so, after all the money mak’n carbon taxes (and social agenda programs) that make the secretive finance, corporate, political, and even media top level leaders richer, there is still a chance for peace (and clean 24/7 energy)!

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