Thursday, July 25, 2013

In the News: Let Their Be Light

Norway is one country that goes dark from September through March.  In an attempt to bring light to the Rjukan town square, engineers have designed a solution. They are building three 500 square foot mirrors that will be bolted to the mountains to track the winter sun and bring light to the town square.  These mirrors are used in solar farms and plan to bring 2,000 feet of light to the square.  The town of Rjukan has a population of 3,500 and the effect on light deprived humans takes its toll.
This isn't the first time a European town did something like this.  In 2006, an Italian town, Viganella, installed a 440 square foot mirror.  It was a successful venture allowing residents to meet in the town square all year long, be social and lifted their moods.  Other towns took notice.  The mirror is still in operation today.

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