Solar power station featured in new Sony video game

The world’s first solar power station that generates electricity at night has been featured by Sony in one of its new video games. Torresol Energy, which owns Gemasolar – the […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

The world’s first solar power station that generates electricity at night has been featured by Sony in one of its new video games.

Torresol Energy, which owns Gemasolar – the first plant in the world to combine a central tower receiver technology with a storage system – claims the solar power plant was chosen by Sony Computer Entertainment for the setting of the video game ‘Gran Turismo 6 (GT6)’.

The GT6 designers said the facility, located in Fuentes de Andalucia in Spain, was selected “for its spectacular scenery and for being a unique location that allows us to observe how this natural energy – solar energy – can be used without limitation”, Torresol Energy claims.

Gemasolar is a 19.9MW plant, which includes 2,650 panels spread across 185 hectares of land and guarantees electrical production for 6,500 hours a year – 1.5 to three times more compared to other renewable sources. It can generate 110GWh of electricity every year, enough to power 27,500 homes and cut 30,000 tons of carbon emissions.

The mirrors – known as heliostats – focus 95% of the sun’s radiation onto a giant receiver at the centre of the plant.

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