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Lydia Shortreed Solar Furnace What They Do Conclusion History Solar furnaces have been around for a very long time, but they have evolved from a sort of weapon to an extremely efficient source of energy.The very first solar furnace was invented by a scientist named Archimedes in the year (218-202 BC). Archimedes first created the solar furnace to catch fire to the opposing Roman ships. The world's largest solar furnace is located in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, and creates temperatures of about 3,500C'. This kind of heat can create energy fast. Overall solar furnaces are very efficient sources of energy and have alot from when they were first invented. How They Work The solar furnace is a very cool invention and has been modified to help us in our modern age by helping us do research and create energy. Solar furnaces are able to produce energy because they have many mirrors concentrated on one spot which can produce unbelievable temperatures. The amazing thing about solar furnaces is that there is no limit to the amount of heat you can create. But the heat won't be as amazing if even one mirrors is slightly off. So even though solar furnaces are very efficient they can be messed up completely if the mirrors are only a fraction of a centimeter off from their target point. Therefore they have to be constructed by professionals. Solar furnaces are constructed of many parabolic mirrors all with one focal point. This one focal is called the target area. When all the mirrors are facing towards one place and they all have the same focal point, the target area can reach up to 3,500C'. With temperatures like that you can create energy very fast. Solar furnaces are a very good source of solar power. Solar energy is energy that is produced by the sun and then transferred into electricity which we can use in our homes. The energy that is created is completely eco friendly and will come in handy in the future. Solar furnaces can also be used for research. Researchers can go to solar furnaces and use them for extreme heat tests. Since solar furnaces reach temperatures up to 3,500C' the solar furnace is a very good way for heat research. Solar furnaces are great for creating solar power. A large solar furnace can produce enough energy for a small town. In the future solar energy could be the cure for global warming. Solar furnaces are used for creating energy and are used all the time for heat tolerance research and therefor are very useful. Thanks for Listening!