An Australian plan to construct the world's first large-scale solar thermal power station is taking shape at Buronga in the Wentworth Shire of New South Wales.
The first 200MW power station in the 'Solar Mission' project will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households while reducing greenhouse CO2 emissions by as much as 750,000 tonnes.The thermal power station generates electricity when turbines are driven by heat rising from the transparent "collector" surrounding the tower.
The sun's rays provide heat to the massive collector during the day, while at night, heat-storing material positioned underneath releases its energy so that the process continues non-stop.
A prototype plant built in Spain operated for seven years between 1982 and 1989 and Australia - having high solar radiation levels, suitable sites and geological stability - is the ideal location for a large-scale, operational facility.Visit www.enviromission.com.au for further reading and video demonstration of the technology.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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