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HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo

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Address: 7 Rue du Four Solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu, France
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+33 4 68 30 77 86
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10:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 12:30
14:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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"Heliodyssee" is a pole of information about the Great Solar...

"Heliodyssee" is a pole of information about the Great Solar furnace of Odeillo. One of the 2 largest Solar furnaces in the World. The Solar furnace of Odeillo is a laboratory of CNRS. These research orientations are: 1 - The study of materials in extreme conditions (Materials for space or others industries). 2 - The conversion and storage of energy (synthetic-motor-fuel production by solar energy, new generation of solar power plants) .

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Remarkable structure that is well worth visiting

Our hotel overlooked this amazing structure, so we had to go down the next morning to see what it was all about. The education centre has a lot of written material (in French, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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102 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Our hotel overlooked this amazing structure, so we had to go down the next morning to see what it was all about. The education centre has a lot of written material (in French, but they have photocopied booklets in many languages) and some interactive displays too. An explanatory video has English subtitles. There was also a short demo on just... More 

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this post. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

A very good & educational site with some good & graphic demonstrations of the power of the sun if you can collect it. They cater for non-French speakers in the films being sub-titled and they give you laminated information packs in your own language so you can keep up with what's going on. For teenage kids in particular it's excellent.

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Thank for your post. We must make an effort for our translations. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

I'm afraid to say after visiting today that the place is in need of some TLC - in places it looks abandoned, yet poses such a dominating site on the landscape, could have easily been featured on a james bond movie set. Such a shame, needs some of the instruction plates to be in English German and other languages.

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Hello. It seems that You do not speak about the visit to the Solar furnace of Odeillo. For this visit we have information and films in English, German, Spanish ... Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We walked from the station at Font Romieu, it isn't far and the walk is lovely. It is signposted as you leave the station. The visit was fascinating with the science very well explained. Ask at the desk for a translation in English of the information panels. What an amazing place, it is worth just going to see the reflection... More 

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Thank you for your post. The guided tour makes it possible to see a truth small solar furnace in action. By large sun a piece of wood ignites in less than one second. A small steel plate melts in less than thirty seconds. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

Font-Romeu, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Possibly the rudest and most unfriendly welcome I have ever experienced at a visitor attraction. The woman at the "welcome desk" was haughty and supercilious; rude to an extent that I can only assume that she is a public sector worker with a job for life and therefore has zero customer service ethic. In itself the four solaire and the... More 

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Good Morning, Your Tripadvisor profile indicates that you live in Font Romeu (France). We live in the same city. Your opinion written in English is surprising. You visit would date of July 14th, 2014 at 10 a.m. At this time, it was a person in charge who was at welcome desk. The behavior that you describe would be suicidal for... More 

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23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Courteous and friendly this interesting place was well worth the small entrance fee. Considering the whole group on the tour we joined was French they helpfully gave the one person in our group who could translate time to do so on the walk around. They then arranged a seperate screening of the 'in house' documentary so it could be in... More 

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Good Morning, Thanks a lot for your relevant comment. Best regard. Serge Chauvin, Cogérant d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

I first visited the Four Solaire in 1980. It is one of the most impressive sights in Europe; back then there was a comprehensive tour of the building with a demonstration of the power of the Sun. A thick metal plate was burnt through in seconds! A real James Bond moment. In 2013 all this has changed: you get a... More 

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review
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Bonjour, Nous sommes vraiment désolé de votre déception. En 1980 la visite n'était pas possible pour le grand public, hors... More 

Siilinjarvi, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

Strange sight in the quiet mountain area. Felt almost like being in a sci-fi movie. Only visited outside.

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Great Solar Furnace of Odeillo, responded to this review

Hello, Science is sometimes as interesting as the science fiction. A visit inside for another time perhaps? Best regards. Serge Chauvin, Cogérant d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo. More 

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