U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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Solar Parabolic Trough

Rows of long, curved (U shaped) mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on tubes which contain a heat transfer fluid.  The hot fluid is then used to boil water to produce steam, which rotates a turbine that activates a generator, which produces electricity.  Learn more from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory


 
Last updated: 06-27-2012