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Australian National University: ANU Scientists Set Solar Thermal Record


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With an area of 500 square meters, The Australian National University’s solar collector is the world’s largest of its kind, writes the University. Now it also hold the world record in efficiency for solar collectors that concentrate the light.

 

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations.

The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar concentrator dish at ANU, halving losses and achieving a 97 per cent conversion of sunlight into steam.

The breakthrough could lead to the generation of cheaper base-load electricity from renewable energy and help lower carbon emissions which cause global warming.