There is a new solar facility in Iran. The Shiraz solar power plant boasts a modest 250 KW energy production capacity. It’s a solar thermal facility that uses parabolic mirrored troughs to gather sunlight.
The mirrors focus the sunlight in an intense ray on a tube that runs the length of the array of mirrors. Inside the tube, a liquid insulated by a vacuum transfers the heat of the mirrors to a traditional generator, where it’s used to produce steam and generate electricity.
Iran took its first step toward the large scale realization of that potential this week with the inauguration of its first solar energy plant. The plant was constructed with domestic materials and labour in Shiraz, the Fars province.
This solar thermal plant joins some 4,075 small scale solar thermal installations throughout Iran-3,781 residential solar water heaters and 294 public baths heated with solar thermal energy.