Chile: Solar plant in driest spot on planet pumps power round-the-clock

The driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta Region in Chile, has been putting its high share of solar radiation to good use as it has become home to Cerro Dominador solar plant, the first of its kind in Latin America and one of the largest in the world, footage from Friday shows. Through the use of both photovoltaic (PV) panels and employing Concentrated Solar Power (CSP... Еще) thermal technologies, the plant is able to produce electricity for industrial purposes around-the-clock. Solar reflectors beam solar radiation to a central tower which in turns transforms the energy to heat, turning a salt-and-water mixture to 600 degrees Celsius (1112 degrees Fahrenheit) steam fuelling turbines and producing electricity.

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