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17 Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan

Posted on February 20, 2015 by tim


“This projected costed some crazy money and was possible to be produced only in the USSR. However, its day-to-day use was almost free – during the day the temperature inside the furnace is steady 3,000 degrees centigrade!”, says Nikolai, the blogger who went to Uzbekistan and visited this Soviet unique structure. With this furnace they were making metals melt with just Sun power. Want to see more? Thanks to Nick we can see it in detail:

The main parabolic mirror is 54×54 meter large. It focuses ray of sun light of 1 meter in diameter.

There are over 10700 mirror tiles in the complex.

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17 Responses to “Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan”

  1. Arn says:

    “This projected costed some crazy money and was possible to be produced only in the USSR.”

    Not really no, another 54meters solar furnace, in France :
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_solaire_d%27Odeillo

    • Alain says:

      Indeed ! First thing that I thought of when seeing the title of the article. This blogger ought to get a bit ought of ex USSR to see the world…

      The soviet solar furnace is younger (1976) than the French one (1970). Also less powerful, despite being a big bigger, because it is installed at a lower altitude (so less solar power)…

  2. anon says:

    Seems to me that using solar panels or directing that mirror towards solar panels would be much more efficient.

  3. JHA says:

    oooohh.. pretty much secret and only in USSR.. Funny that you guys are forgetting even things that you have already published in this site: http://englishrussia.com/2012/01/25/the-solar-furnace-of-uzbekistan/5/

  4. john says:

    cool. but not when up and running.

  5. John-Matthew says:

    With a small amount of money Uzbekistan can achieve to produce electricity with steam tubines.

  6. petrohof says:

    could also aim some of the primary mirrors at houses in distance to heat them!!

  7. RB says:

    It’s always nice to see something that is not supposed to see. One place in Europe has mirrors like this for sunshine to the valley that has no sunshine.

  8. Slaven says:

    Amazing stuff. USSR never needed to be dissolved. It had such enormous amount of smart people and alternative way of living instead of the usual capitalism. Unfortunately Gorbachev and Yeltsin ruined everything. i still wonder how didnt KGB agents liquidate them before it got too late.

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