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February 5, 2016

Morocco turns on what will be the world’s largest solar power plant

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The largest solar plant in the world, the Noor 1, outside of the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara Desert, was activated this week. The plant spans thousands of acres and is now generating about 160 megawatts of power. The plant’s next two phases will bring the generation capacity to 580 megawatts by 2018.

Right now, the plant is comprised of 500,000 curved mirrors standing roughly 40 feet tall. The mirrors concentrate the sun’s light onto a pipeline filled with fluid, heating it up to 739ºF. This superheated fluid is used to heat up a nearby source of water which steams then spins turbines to create energy.

The plant can still operate at night by storing the heat in to tanks of molten salts.

For more information, check out these articles from The Guardian and from The Verge.