China Experiments With Centralized Thermal-Solar Power

1.5 MW Dahan facility built near Beijing photo

Artist's impression of the 1.5 MW Dahan facility to be built near Beijing. News & image credits:Physics World

Construction is due to start next month on an experimental solar–thermal power plant located near China’s Great Wall (as pictured in artist's sketch above). The prototype is designed to supply power to 30,000 households by 2010. Built on the outskirts of Beijing, the 1.5 MW Dahan plant "will serve as a platform for experiments on different solar-power technologies." The design is of Chinese origin and will represent the first such large scale solar thermal project in Asia.

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