A team of researchers have discovered that if the mirrors or heliostats of a concentrating solar power (CSP) tower plant are arranged in a sunflower-inspired pattern, the efficiency of the solar field can be boosted.
CSP tower plants such as PS10 in southern Spain comprise a 100-metre high pillar surrounded by rows of giant mirrors rippling outward. More than 600 of these mirrors, each the size of half a tennis court, track the sun throughout the day, concentrating its rays…
- 18 Jan, 2012
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