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I'm sure there's something out there like this already.

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A Giant Magnifying Glass dircted at a giant copper or other heat transfering metal that has water ran over to produce Steam that turns turbines.

Or a smaller "Personal" Version?

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I will say, BE CAREFUL if you buy a giant Fresnel lens. The flat magnifiers are Fresnel lenses. I got one that's 18"x30" and took it outside to "play" with it, and I leaned it against a tree while I got some burnable stuff together in a pile. When I turned around, the mulch under the tree was on fire. NOT smoking, but FLAMES. You also MUST have welding goggles or a welding mask to use it. The Sun has a LOT of horsepower.


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The Sun has a LOT of horsepower.


Think really BIG horse...


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As I understand it, the biggest problem with solar power is tracking the sun.. even photoelectric panels only peak once a day when the angle to the sun is least.

A lens is going to be even more of a problem.. They make solar boilers but they use mirrors for it instead of lenses.. The one I saw a photo of was a central tower and it had mirrors all the way around it that focused all their light on the top of the tower.. It heated water.. It was a big machine..


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Name that movie.. Sahara i think it was.
That Dr. Jones wannabee movie
Features a plant like you describe, only it was suppose to burn chemical waste (in the movie that is)

might be the plant you're talking about?
 
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Originally posted by Troy Brenningmeyer:
I'm sure there's something out there like this already.

(Simplified Idea)

A Giant Magnifying Glass dircted at a giant copper or other heat transfering metal that has water ran over to produce Steam that turns turbines.

Or a smaller "Personal" Version?

~Troy~
 
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This links to one fresnell based solar concentrator, click "technology".

There is lots of discussion and info about this unit being developed by Charles Shults.

Do a general web search for "solar concentrators" to see differant types, mirror lens and trough concentrators seem to be more popular with do-it-yourselfers.
 
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And here http://www.junkyardsolar.com/

Personaly I would use an old dish for a concentrator since most of what you need is all ready built and (this is the best part) you can pick them up for next to nothing. I use the mount hinge and actuator for moving my array and got the solar tracker for it from here. It cost 40 bucks and runs the exsisting actuator just fine


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Troy this idea has been implemented in Dubai and US already, the setups are huge, and it has started producing electricity also. i saw it on discovery
 
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