The Spanish solar research institute of DLR is in the south-eastern province of Almería, on the fringe of the Tabernas Desert, at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), offering research trips for students completing their doctorate. 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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