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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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.”