Tarry for the Nonce

November 21, 2005

Let the Sun Shine In

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:39 pm

The Mummy had a moment where Evelyn Carnahan turns a mirror to effect an ancient lighting system. Apparently, a Rattenberg, Austria has capitalized on the idea:

The sun has stopped shining in Rattenberg. But with the aid of a few mirrors, the winter darkness that grips this small town could soon be brightened up with pockets of sunshine.

That’s because sun is plentiful less than 10 minutes’ walk from the town and from Rat Mountain, the 3,000-foot hill that blocks its sunlight between November and February each year.

The solution: 30 heliostats, essentially rotating mirrors, mounted on a hillside to grab sunshine off reflectors from the neighboring village of Kramsach.


1 Comment

  1. Whose job is it to clean them after a rain storm? That has just got require a lot of Windex.

    Comment by Howard R — November 22, 2005 @ 11:55 am

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