Posted: 28 Oct 2015 10:27 AM PDT
In about a month, Morocco will inaugurate the first part of the Ouarzazate solar power plant. The project, dubbed Noor 1, will have 500,000 crescent-shaped solar mirrors spread across the desert, which will capture solar energy to power the country. Each mirror is 12 meters in height and transfers the received heat to a steel pipeline filled with a synthetic ‘heat transfer solution’ (HTF). This solution heats up to 393ºC and is then mixed into water to create steam, which generates power.
[Image source: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian]
The next phases, Noor 2 and Noor 3, are estimated to open in 2017, and a fourth phase of the project should be finished by 2020.