Australia Uses Solar Power to Run Coal Plant

Solar and Coal Complement Each Other to Create Electricity

New South Wales, in Australia is the site of a project to reduce the use of coal in power production.  Solar panels have been installed that "help" the coal power plant to increase it's output by using fewer natural resources.  With the skyrocketing costs of coal, people and businesses are looking for less expensive ways to produce electricity.  In Australia, they are using mirrors, called fresnal reflectors, which capture the sun's rays and heat water, which is then turned into steam to turn the same turbines that are being turned by steam from coal heat.  This solar power is able to produce 15-60% of the electricity created at the plant.  Higher numbers are possible, but a lot of space is needed to put in the solar panels, and more modifications are necessary to the coal boilers.


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