Sunlight is concentrated onto the Tulip's bulb
The heliostats used to focus the sunlight onto the Tulip
At night, the Tulip can generate electricity using conventional fuel
The Tulip is scalable, so systems can be built to fit individual users' needs
The Tulip doesn't require any cooling medium, which is an important consideration in arid regions
AORA's Tulip system uses the sun's rays to heat air, which is then used to spin a turbine, creating electricity
A giant flower has recently sprung up near the southern Spanish city of Almeria. Measuring 35 meters (115 feet) high, the Tulip is the product of Israeli company AORA, and it uses heat from the sun to generate electricity. Work began on the hybrid concentrating solar power technology back in the 80s and the first Tulip pilot plant was installed at Israel’s Kibbutz Samar in 2009. That setup has been pumping electricity into the country’s power grid every year since. The Spanish plant was completed this January.
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