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    Posted May 7, 2012 by
    Waynesville, North Carolina
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    Your Green Innovations

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JimFalbo says "This is different than your standard Photo voltaic (PV) solar cell technology you typically see on roofs of buildings. CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) focuses a large amount of sunlight into a small space, just like a magnifying lens burning a leaf. But just as with a magnifying lens, you have to have the angle and distance correct to properly focus the beam. We are doing the same thing with this project with a little math and some computer controls onto a tank of water to create steam pressure. I feel CSP should play a bigger role in renewable energy in the U.S."
    - wattsjen, CNN iReport producer

    Haywood Community College Electronics Engineering Program made a self tracking concentrated solar device mostly out of scrap. With its energy they can set a board on fire in less than two seconds.

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