Four Solaire, Mont-Louis

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. Plan your visit to Four Solaire and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mont-Louis trip planner .
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  • well, they would have tried to visit... to understand is that it is there and what it's for at least during the school holidays...
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  • Knowing how things work with solar energy, is worthwhile. Located inside the fortress, the facility has several elements that function thanks to the Sun, refrain for cloudy days or rain
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  • Unable to visit the site of the odeillo solar furnace, we visit the Mont Louis solar furnace, which is much smaller. This serves including Cook pottery. You will meet an enthusiast who will tell you without hesitation its solar oven, really someone very interesting experiences! At the beginning of the visit, a short film is proposed to understand the operation of the oven and the history of this invention. Children as well as adults can experience of the merger by the rays of the Sun. At the end of the visit, you can stroll in the small shop. Curious about science, push the door!
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