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    Solar Furnace Experiments and Studies

      Definition

      A solar furnace is an industrial appliance that concentrates solar energy in order to produce heat at high temperatures (3,000 °C) by using parabolic reflectors (curved mirrors). The generated heat can be used to generate electricity or even to melt steel, etc.

      A solar power tower is a type of a solar furnace using a high structure (tower) to collect sunlight.

      Background Information

    • Solar furnace - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Solar power tower [View Resource]
    • The biggest solar furnace in the world [View Resource]
    • Power station harnesses Sun's rays [View Resource]
    • Solar furnace melts rock [View Resource]
    • Solar power tower [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Build a gigantic solar furnace [View Experiment]
    • Build a Fresnel Lens Solar Furnace [View Experiment]
    • Build your own Solar Furnace (Video) [View Experiment]
    • Self Powered Solar Box Furnace [View Experiment]
    • Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing [View Experiment]
    • Homemade Soda Can Solar Furnace [View Experiment]
    • See if a solar furnace could generate temperatures hot enough to make glass, and to determine how different factors affect the maximum temperature. [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Science Fair Projects, Lesson Plans, Studies and Articles

    • Development of a solar crematorium [View Experiment]
    • Solar Hydrogen Production by a Two-Step Cycle Based on Mixed Iron Oxides [View Experiment]
    • Elaboration and Testing of Materials Using Concentrated Solar Energy [View Experiment]
    • Optical Waveguide System for Solar Power Applications in Space [View Experiment]
    • Lunar oxygen production by pyrolysis [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Performance of a parabolic trough solar collector [View Thesis]

      Patents

    • Solar cooker with a parabolic reflector (solar barbecue) (US Patent 5090399, 1992) [View Patent]
    • Low temperature solar furnace and method (US Patent 4353353, 1982) [View Patent]
    • Method of constructing solar furnace (US Patent 3993528, 1976) [View Patent]
    • Constant absorption solar furnace (US Patent 4967730, 10990) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Fresnel Lenses [View Experiment]
    • Build Your Own Solar Cooker [View Experiment]
    • Solar Collectors [View Experiment]



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