Through savvy design and the intensity of the sun, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly impossible to dismiss as viable replacements for fossil fuels. It has recently been reported by ScienceAlert, an Australian and New Zealand online science only publication, that a solar thermal plant in Newcastle, Australia has heated steam to 1,058 degrees Fahrenheit and to 3,400 PSI, which are measurements that categorize the steam as “supercritical” in the energy sector. Only supercritical steam can power the most advanced generators in the world. Such a feat was previously only possible through the burning of fossil fuels and as such this marks a huge step forward for solar.
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