Pilot Project aimed at finding a viable solution to the power problems faced by industries with furnaces
Solar furnaces are structures that capture sunlight to produce very high temperatures that can be used for industrial purposes. This is done with a curved mirror (or an array of mirrors) that acts as a parabolic reflector (device used to collect or project energy such as light, sound, or radio waves), concentrating light onto a focal point. The temperature at the focal point may reach 3,500 °C (6,330 °F), and this heat can be used to generate electricity, melt steel, and make hydrogen fuel or nano materials.
Solar Furnaces at Plataforma Solar de Almeria
SSAEL along with STA(Solar Technology Advisers), Spain are working on a hybrid furnace with Swarg Vatika Crematorium, Hyderabad. The design is based on the solar direct furnaces developed at PSA (Plataforma Solar De Almeria) which have generated over 3000 °C and tested over the years. SSAEL and STA are planning to retrofit the existing LPG and Biomass furnaces at Swarg Vatika to use concentrated solar power to maintain the furnace temperature and reduce fuel consumption.
Solar furnaces can easily be retrofitted to existing industrial furnaces and result in huge savings on electricity charges, reduce fuel consumption and to some extent mitigate the woes of power outages and shortages that affect the efficiency of these industries.