Mirrors to Banish Town’s Winter Darkness

[Associated Press] 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. Bartenbach Lichtlabor GmbH, the Austrian company behind the idea, has already used mirrors for lighting projects around the world — sunshine into European basements and railroad stations or nighttime illumination of a mosque in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. It says the reflector technology is now advanced enough to justify the company’s first attempt to bring sunshine into a village. See the full story from the AP at the following link.
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