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Solar Thermal Technology on an Industrial Scale

The Sun is Our Source

Our sun produces 400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts of energy every second and the belief is that it will last for another 5 billion years. The United States reached peak oil production in 1970, and there is no telling when global oil production will peak, but it is accepted that when it is gone the party is over. The sun, however, is the most reliable and abundant source of energy.

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Companies featured in this report:


Abengoa Solar

Acciona Energy


BrightSource Energy

Schott Solar

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An eSolar solar thermal point focus mirror array and power tower located in California.
An eSolar project in California.
Mirrors concentrate the sun's light, powering Abengoa's solar thermal power station in Seville, Spain.
Abengoa's PS10 project in Seville, Spain.
Acciona's line focus mirror array uses parabolic troughs to maximize solar thermal efficiency.
The Acciona Nevada Solar One plant.
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