Artificial sun is 3,000 degrees hot
In the 3-storey solar research facility, the light of the lamps can be united into one single beam of the same temperature as 10,000 times the sunlight when it hits Earth.
In the facility
The lamps produce bright, white light from xenon gas. They are 7 kW each. A typical ordinary light bulb is 100 W tops.
By the facility
The energy from the lamps allow different experiments in three labs at the same time. Two of them have been customized for hydrogenmaking experiments.
In the lamps
The bulb sits in an aluminium reflector with a 1 m diameter. At the back of each lamp, there is a flexible robotic arm, which allows the bulbs to be united into one extremely hot light beam, when scientists experiment with splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen.