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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  • This attraction is essentially a home-made solar furnace, where they use solely the power of the sun, focused through mirrors to fire pottery, burn wood (demo) and melt metal, achieving 3000 degrees C...  more »
  • The trip starts with a short video explaining the site and the activities. We were then taken outside, the main attraction is a large wall of mirrors which track the sun and reflect its light onto a l...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to come across this whilst visiting Mont Louis and only had 5 minutes to wait until the next guided tour. The film although in French was easy to understand and we were given card...  more »