Lockheed Martin completes solar testbed

April 22, 2009 1:27:32 PM PDT
Lockheed Martin celebrated completion of its solar energy testbed at its plant in Moorestown, New Jersey on Wednesday.

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Though it was raining, the panels will let engineers test what solar systems work best, using highly-reflective mirrors and devices to catch rays of sunlight.

The testbed is as long as a football field and 3-stories tall, and took a year to build.

According to Lockheed Martin, "The Solar System Test and Engineering Site (SolSTES) array in southern New Jersey enables Lockheed Martin engineers to integrate and test a variety of solar technologies in a high-fidelity test environment. Design and construction of the testbed began in early 2008. Today the facility is a full-scale, functional solar collector assembly, 100 meters long and three stories high, consisting of highly reflective mirrors and solar receivers."

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