Thursday, March 26, 2009
ISS2 Power Station Module
The big parabolic mirrors concentrate the incoming sunlight onto the mast top, smaller dishes concentrate the lightrays again and reflect them back to the energy generator between the main mirrors.
The circulating fluid inside the box is heated up, fades into steam, builds up pressure, drives a small turbine and finally energy is created.
After passing the turbine the steam is cooled down (via the small radiators), fades again into fluid and the cycle is closed.
Both slewable mirrrors are placed at the end to two masts that are rotateable around the center-line for optimal sun-tracking.