Friday, May 22, 2015
Channeling The Sun Underground
This is an oldie but goodie.
If you've ever spent more than a minute thinking about it, you have probably thought that a large array of solar panels advertises your location not only from the ground but also the air.
I tried experimenting with camouflage nets over my panels in Brisbane. It instantly cuts the power to half on any panel beneath one.
With the new optical fibers described in the article above (now available commercially and soon ubiquitous) you could have barely discernible conduits aboveground directing sunlight to your power room deep underneath with the fiber right above the panel. From the air, invisible to even the lowest flyovers.
This is also great for protecting your panels from exposure to the elements, close-by nuclear blast waves, earthquakes and hailstorms, scavengers vandalising them and who knows what else. The maintenance of your power system is all in the same room, you could service the solar panels without leaving the shelter, keep them clean and productive for many years past their expiration dates aboveground.