Four Solaire, Mont-Louis

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A world-renowned laboratory, Four Solaire highlights solar energy with its research and education efforts in solar phenomena. The site contains one of the two largest solar furnaces in the world. The solar oven uses the concentration of solar rays by reflecting mirrors--it captures the rays first through a set of movable mirrors and then directs them to a second set of "hub" mirrors. The rays then converge toward a small target at the top of a central tower. This huge solar oven can create extremely high temperatures in seconds, and it serves as a useful tool in the study of solar energy and its applications, heat transfer, and thermal shock. The facility also provides educational services for visitors ranging from elementary school pupils to college students and professional scientists. Make Four Solaire part of your personalized Mont-Louis itinerary using our Mont-Louis tourist route planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A very interesting and interactive tour with a guide very teacher makes the hour tour seems not long enough. Simple experiments that make understand easily how to do without mistakes.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A site miniature compared with Odeillo but more interactive, user friendly, small staff. My 10 year old daughter could attend the proposed experiments. She learned more on solar energy in Mont Louis in Odeillo. The young guide is passionate about solar energy. Visit that we do not regret.
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  • August 9, 2017
    See out of simple curiosity to neophytes. Read explanations to know great technology.
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