Friday, May 1, 2009

It's All Done with Mirrors

Both beautiful and functional, this is a thermal solar power tower, specifically, the smaller of two such towers near Seville, Spain. The larger of the two has recently gone online and is capable of generating enough carbon-free, nuclear-waste-free power for about 10,000 homes. Here's a short video about the technology.

That we stole life's billions-year-old idea -- deriving power from the sun -- in no way detracts from the stunning brilliance of it.

(via Bouphonia)

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