World’s Largest Solar Plant Ready to Shine

28 July 2013Science

Josie Garthwaite writing for National Geographic:

More than six years in the making, the Ivanpah plant is now slated to begin generating power before summer’s end. It was designed by BrightSource Energy to use more than 170,000 mirrors to focus sunlight onto boilers positioned atop three towers, which reach nearly 500 feet (150 meters) into the dry desert air. The reflected sunlight heats water in the boilers to make steam, which turns turbines to generate electricity—enough to power more than 140,000 homes.

Looks like the technology developed by curious children with magnifying glasses originally used to harass helpless insects has been put to good use.