July 24, 2013 AT 2:14 pm

Giant Mirrors bring wintertime sun to Norway town

Giant mirrors in Norway

Using giant mirrors to harness the sun – for social, not solar, power via Core77.

It’s natural to crave sunlight, and now the Norwegian municipality of Rjukan is enacting a nearly 100-year-old plan to bring some Sol into their town square. Three huge mirrors (totaling 100 square meters) known as heliostats will be placed atop a nearby mountain. Sensors and motors will adjust the mirrors to reflect sunlight directly onto the combination town square/skating rink, providing a sunny spot where people will naturally want to gather.

The concept isn’t new; the long-since-passed town founder and engineer Sam Eyde reportedly first had the idea in the 1920s, but lacked the technology to make it work.


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1 Comment

  1. Well, that’s a much more socially beneficial application for tracking mirrors than Francisco Scaramanga’s design for the Solex Laser Gun.

    “So you see, I now am truly… The Man with the Golden Gun.”

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