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Thermoelectric solar power station

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image is of a thermoelectric solar power station at Sanlúcar la Mayor, near Seville, Andalucia, Spain Latitude / Longtitude:(37°26’N, 6°15’W)

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The wide plains round Seville benefit from 320 sunny days a year and are therefore an ideal site for thermoelectric solar power stations.  The first generator of this complex, generating 11 megawatts, has been in operation since the end of 2006, and there will ultimately be a total of eight on this site.  This one consists of 624 adjustable mirrors, each 121 square metres in size, set up over nearly 70 hectares.  These mirrors are placed at the foot of a 115 metre high tower, and concentrate the sun’s rays on a boiler at the top of the tower.  The resulting temperature of between 600°C and 1,000°C produces steam which drives turbines and alternators which in turn generate electricity.  Even though these installations require a lot of space, they can supply as much power as fossil fuel power stations when the sun shines.  In 2013 these eight solar power stations will supply 180,000 homes or the equivalent of a town like Seville, with electricity.  At the moment renewable energy – solar, hydroelectric, biomass, wind and geothermal – only supplies 14.4% of European electricity.

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