Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

“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:

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

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

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

There are over 10700 mirror tiles in the complex.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

There are also sixty two more large mirrors placed in checkerboard pattern.  Each such mirror as tall as 2 storied house.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

They automatically track the Sun movement and the operator can control those to regulate the temperatures in the furnace – from 800 to 3000 degrees.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

And in the tower there is a furnace itself.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

This place in Uzbekistan said to have 270 sunny days in a year.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Also because its high in the mountains the air is clean which helps the experiment.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

And around it just normal rural life.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Farmers grow grapes around.

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]

Nikolai says that when he was leaving the Uzbekistan the local KGB agent on the border demanded to delete all the photos from the camera flash storage. They said its a secret object. We don’t know how the photographer was able to restore them but thanks to Nikolai you see something pretty much secret today!

Nikolai’s site is below, thanks Nik!

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17 thoughts on “Soviet Wonder of the World: The Great Solar Furnace in Uzbekistan [30 photos]”

  1. “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

    • 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. 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/

  3. 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.

  4. 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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