Whorled View

June 23, 2007

World largest Solar Array as Anti-missile Defense

Just now one of my neurons dedicated to solar power just misfired into the part of my brain reserved for missile defense technology and I had a Reese’s moment … why don’t we mix the two?!

Solar Two Heliostat Array
Solar Two facility in California

All the top scientists agree that the best renewable energy is CSP (concentrated solar power), and 100’s if not 1000’s of CSP plants need to be deployed if solar is to provide the bulk of our nation’s energy. Refocusing all 1 million mirrors on the incoming missile is just a matter of a million stepper motors and calibration (could periodically done with a satellite, one mirror at a time).

Another beautiful hypothesis destroyed by an ugly fact.

I’m certain that focusing the power of a million suns on a warhead will destroy the electronics within a few seconds rendering the missile useless.

Then the other neuron in my brain kicked in and reminded me that solar arrays only work 10 hours/day (oh yeah, duh!). Besides, due to the curvature of the earth it won’t work until the missiles are nearly in striking range (again, oh yeah, duh!).

Okay. Another beautiful hypothesis destroyed by an ugly fact. Make that 2 ugly facts. I’m sure I could think up some more ugly facts if given more time. Back to the drawing board. I suppose we could always use solar purely for the far less glitzy cause: saving the planet. Ho hum.

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5 Comments »

  1. Further information about concentrating solar power (CSP) may be found at:

    http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/index.htm

    and

    http://www.trecers.net/index.html

    Comment by Gerry Wolff — June 23, 2007 @ 4:29 am | Reply

  2. Nice Article!
    from julius of http://www.gizmosgamesandgadgets.wordpress.com

    Comment by answersplease — June 23, 2007 @ 5:02 am | Reply

  3. The focal length of CSP reflectors is in meters not KMs. All you need to do is figure out how to refocus the rigid glass parabolic mirrors. Let me know how you do this.

    Comment by Tiger Tom — June 25, 2007 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  4. >The focal length of CSP reflectors is in meters not KMs.
    >All you need to do is figure out how to refocus the rigid
    >glass parabolic mirrors. Let me know how you do this.
    Actually, this would not employ the use of parabolic CSP. Rather it would use a heliostat array of flat plat mirrors like those used for the Solar Two project in California (not to be confused with the Nevada Solar One facility).

    Comment by lullabyman — June 25, 2007 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  5. All of this is greek to me. Are you really my son?

    Comment by Mom — April 14, 2008 @ 1:20 pm | Reply


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