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Tania Ritchie operating the mirror controls at the National Solar Energy Centre, Newcastle

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The NSEC is the only multi-collector facility of its type in Australia and home to the largest high-concentration solar array in the southern hemisphere. At peak operation it generates enough energy to power more than 100 homes.

The NSEC consists of three main elements:

  • a high concentration tower solar array that uses 200 mirrors to generate more than 500kW of energy. It will be capable of achieving peak temperatures of over 1000°C.
  • a low concentration linear solar array that generates a hot fluid at temperatures around 250°C
  • A control room facility that will house the centre's communications and control systems and serve as an elevated viewing platform.

Photographer : Nick Pitsas on September 13 2007.

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Tania Ritchie operating the mirror controls at the National Solar Energy Centre, Newcastle
Tania Ritchie operating the mirror controls at the National Solar Energy Centre, Newcastle
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