Make a Thermal Collector

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Thermal collectors come in many shapes and forms but each of them works in the same basic manner. Thermal collectors concentrate sunlight using a mirror or reflective metal surface. Then, they attempt to collect or reflect as much sunlight as possible into a smaller, concentrated space. They also use some sort of black surface to convert the sunlight to heat. Black absorbs sunlight and when it does, it gets very hot. Afer the sunlight is collected and turned into heat, the heat that is produced is trapped, usually using a clear plastic or glass covering to hold the heat in.