Solar Energy

London’s first ‘virtual power station’ to be powered by solar

With energy prices rising and a growing awareness of the damage that using fossil fuels may be causing to the environment, there is a will to commercialise other forms of power generation. These forms of energy are generically termed renewable energy and include things like wave and wind power. A common way of renewable energy that doesn’t have side effects on the environment is solar power.

Solar power has been used for thousands of years, but it is only in the last fifty years that photo voltaic (PV) technology has been used to generate electricity. In the early days of this technology, it was just too inefficient to be considered as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for powering towns and cities.

London’s Governments are also encouraging the development and use of solar power by offering tax breaks and grants. It has started people thinking about creating power stations and providing energy for thousands of people at a time and eventually supporting towns and cities. Indeed some solar power stations already exist, and some are in the planning stage that is so grand in ambition and design that they will dwarf many of the most significant structures ever built by humanity.

There are several solar energy power stations in operation at the moment. The largest Solar energy power station to be built is still in the planning stage in Australia and if it is completed will be the most prominent human-made structure ever built, as well as major developments in solar batteries UK solutions.

How Does a Power Station Work?

The current solar power station consists of a large number of solar reflectors (known as heliostats). They are formed in a circle around a solar tower. The point of the heliostats is to direct the suns energy to the base of the solar tower. This profoundly focused warmth ascends the pinnacle and in the process runs turbines or warms up fluid. The turbines are used to create electricity, or the liquid is made into steam which can also be used to run electricity-generating turbines.

Other Considerations of the Solar Energy Power Station

The location of the power station is paramount. It has to be located in areas where the sun shines a lot. Southern Spain and outback Australia tick this box but many other regions of the world might not be able to guarantee the sunlight. The size of each structure is enormous, so there needs to be plenty of space. Again, Spain and Australia have space, but this may not be available in high-density living areas like major cities.

The cost of creating a solar energy power station is far more complicated and costly than a traditional power station, however, the thinking on this cost will change shortly. As fossil fuels go up in price, it will be prudent to have a solar or another form of renewable energy generator in place.

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