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Old 08-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Because of its cloudless skies and favorable latitude, the Rub’ al-Khali desert in the United Arab Emirates is a good home for the world’s largest operational concentrated solar plant, the eight-month-old Shams 1. Its 258,048 parabolic mirrors reflect sunlight to heat water into steam to turn a turbine, generating 100 megawatts. But in addition to plenty of high-intensity sunlight, there’s also plenty of, well, sand, and if the mirrors get too dusty, the plant’s efficiency dramatically decreases. That means a lot of cleaning. Special trucks take three days to clean the nearly seven million square feet of mirror surface area. Scrubbing happens after the sun sets, and it’s almost entirely automatic. The operator pulls up to a row of mirrors and pushes a button to extend the truck’s robotic arms. Radar sensors detect how close the mirrors are to the arms, which stretch accordingly. Then, the operator turns on the water, sets the brushes spinning, and drives at about two miles per hour, polishing away.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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That's a bright idea.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:32 PM   #4
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ok guys lets keep it clean
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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I am sorry, we better stop before this becomes awash with cliches
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:36 PM   #6
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Yeah, that would certainly polish this thread off.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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A glimmer of hope that more ideas like this will come to light in our country.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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Bring on the robots instead. They build the panels, and then they maintain them.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:32 PM   #9
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A glimmer of hope that more ideas like this will come to light in our country.
You mean window cleaning robots?

yeah that is cool.

Because you could not possibly be talking about solar plants.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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2MPH? No turbo, no care.

2MPH? Finally a vehicle my BRZ can win against!

2MPH? GTFO!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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that's one hell of a solar...system.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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2MPH? No turbo, no care.

2MPH? Finally a vehicle my BRZ can win against!

2MPH? GTFO!
At that speed, the driver has a lot of time to focus his energy on doing a good job. He also has time to reflect on his past mistakes.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #13
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You mean window cleaning robots?

yeah that is cool.

Because you could not possibly be talking about solar plants.
Of course I'm talking window cleaning robots. Undocumented workers here will be too busy putting together all the solar panels.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #14
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Well said sir...

I cannot add anything else to that.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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At the risk of being serious...SEGS in California is over three times as big and has been operating for over 20 years. So, no, this is not the largest solar thermal plant in the world and most certainly not the largest solar plant.
Having said that, I like robots.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #16
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At that speed, the driver has a lot of time to focus his energy on doing a good job. He also has time to reflect on his past mistakes.
I seriously LOL'd.

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At the risk of being serious...SEGS in California is over three times as big and has been operating for over 20 years. So, no, this is not the largest solar thermal plant in the world and most certainly not the largest solar plant.
Having said that, I like robots.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:06 PM   #17
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Well said sir...

I cannot add anything else to that.
hay, scrappy u want be rich??, Invent a machine that can take snow off the panels. Big problem in the North East. One Co. around here sends all the workers up on the roof with brooms to push off the snow. You would think they would use some of the juice to heat it up so it melts. I have that on my drive ways.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:09 PM   #18
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:46 PM   #19
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THat last pic could be the coolest thing that has ever existed in the world.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #20
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THat last pic could be the coolest thing that has ever existed in the world.
I totally read that in Jeremy Clarkson's voice.

You should look up that last thing! It's amazing! We passed it around at work once when I used to be associated with construction. Simply AMAZING.


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Old 08-23-2013, 06:03 PM   #21
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THat last pic could be the coolest thing that has ever existed in the world.
Dude. The thing is awesome, but... better than a Space Shuttle, and a Particle Accelerator???

Oh, OK, I guess it would be cooler if we used the Particle Accelerator to actually obliterate holes into the earth to dig trenches, or launched shuttles into the earth with giant digging blades on the front... but still.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #22
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I meant that in a way that it could transform into uberkillbot and destroy the civilized world with its huge rotary pizza cutter.
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That giant scoopsaw is a redneck's wet dream.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:21 PM   #24
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THAt video took years off my life
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