Solar power, done coolly

Seville power stationWow. This Spanish solar-power station generates electricity by using mirrors to focus the sun’s rays on water, which boils to make steam, which runs up a big concrete tower and drives turbines. It’s 40 storeys tall and is supposed to eventually generate enough power to run Seville (pop. 600,000) at about three times the price of conventional power. That’s not bad, considering that the planned solar farm in Sarnia, Ontario, is getting a contract from the provincial government paying 42 cents a kilowatt-hour, roughly eight times the price of conventional electricity.

But the real story is how the thing looks. If it works as promised, all the hip cities will want one. If it were anybody but the BBC, I probably wouldn’t believe it. I republish their picture here with all due credit.

(Via Boing Boing.)

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