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solar furnaceclick to hear

Plant that concentrates solar radiation to reach very high temperatures (over 5,400°F) as part of a research effort to develop experimental materials (including astronautic materials and ceramics).
solar furnace bank of heliostats tower target area hill furnace parabolic mirror reflecting surface solar ray reflected solar radiation

bank of heliostats click to hear

Heliostats: remote-controlled adjustable mirrors that follow the Sun’s trajectory and concentrate solar radiation toward the boiler at the top of the tower.

tower click to hear

Structure atop which the furnace is placed to collect luminous energy; it usually reaches a height of 65 ft.

target area click to hear

Point where solar rays reflected by the parabolic mirror converge.

hill click to hear

Heliostats are placed on slopes to prevent energy loss due to shade or the interception of reflected rays by neighboring mirrors.

furnace click to hear

Reaching temperatures of over 5,400°F, it is mainly used to process and develop materials.

parabolic mirror click to hear

Curved mirror that concentrates the Sun’s rays toward one point in the furnace (the target area).

reflecting surface click to hear

Polished metallized glass that receives solar radiation and direct it to the parabolic mirror.

solar ray reflected click to hear

Solar rays that reach the heliostats are sent to the parabolic mirror.

solar radiation click to hear

All the electromagnetic waves emitted by the Sun.