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What is a solar furnace?What is it and what are some interesting facts about it?

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unique-gurl-02 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM via web

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What is a solar furnace?

What is it and what are some interesting facts about it?

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 25, 2012 at 2:49 AM (Answer #1)

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A solar furnace is a structure that captures sunlight to produce high temperatures, usually for industry.  This is done with a curved mirror (or an array of mirrors), that acts as a parabolic reflector concentrating light onto a focal point.  The temperature at the focal point may reach as high as 3500 degrees Celsius (6330 degrees Fahrenheit).  At these temperatures, this is enough to generate electricity, melt steel, make hydrogen fuel, or manufacture nanomaterials.

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simran97 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM (Answer #2)

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A solar furnace is a structure used to harness the rays of the sun in order to produce high temperatures. This is achieved by using a curved mirror (or an array of mirrors) acting as a parabolic reflector to concentrate light (Insolation) on to a focal point. The temperature at the focal point may reach up to 3,000 degrees Celsius, and this heat can be used to generate electricity, melt steel or make hydrogen fuel


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