Tom Scott

The Solar Power Towers of Southern Spain

In the Aljarafe region of Spain, there’s PS10 and PS20: concentrated solar power towers. They’re huge towers surrounded by heliostats: movable mirrors that track the sun and reflect its light onto a giant boiler. They are beautiful, but they’re also controversial: here’s why.

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