« on: August 20, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
i can see the simplicity of this (bird-frying aside) being much more cost effective than setting up a wad of solar cells (which would be more expensive, need a lot of wiring, more maintenence, etc. vs just a bunch of mirrors.)
Conventional solar PV is actually a lot less maintenance. The panels themselves are projected to produce power after 50 years. The primary weak point in the system is the delicate wiring and devices used to convert DC power into AC.
Whereas with solar heat generation, you are operating an entire turbine steam generation plant which is very dangerous and requires constant maintenance.