Spanish Solar Power Plant Produces Electricity Around the Clock


A new solar power plant in southern Spain is able to store the sun’s energy into a tank and produce electricity when needed. The plant uses molten salt, which is pumped up to a tower to store energy. Over 2,500 large mirrors around the solar power plant collect energy and beam it into a receiver tower. Although the plant works with government subsidies, the technicians are sure that one day it will be able to compete with power plants that produce energy from fossil fuels.





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