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Theses under the Spanish sun: the solar thermal trough power plant in Almería

At the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in the south-east Spain Almeria province, near the desert of Tabernas, scientists of the DLR Institute of Solar Research work under optimal climatic conditions. On this site, which exceeds 100 hectares, the full force of the Andalusian sun has been exploited since 1980 to test and optimise a variety of high-temperature solar technologies under conditions that approximate practice. More than 20,000 square metres of mirrors of various shapes in different test facilities concentrate the direct solar radiation to generate high and extremely high temperatures. These futuristic facilities in the midst of a barren landscape form the largest European test centre for high-temperature solar concentrating technologies: it is a world-leader in terms of variety.

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