Remote Skylights

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Remote Skylights are optical systems capable of providing natural light to unlit locations.[1] Utilising an arrangement of parabolic reflectors and fibre optics, Remote Skylights are able to transport natural sunlight to areas that would otherwise be dark, or would require artificial illumination.

Operation[edit]

Remote Skylights are composed chiefly of a solar collection dish, a "heliotube" and a distribution dish.[2] The collection and distribution dishes are both parabolic reflectors. The collection dish is connected to a mechanism which tracks the transit of the sun across the sky, so as to maximise the intensity of light falling upon it. The heliotube is a bundle of optical fibres that channel the collected sunlight from the collection dish to the distribution dish. Unlike a typical skylight, the heliotube means that the two dishes do not need to be adjacent to one another.

Benefits[edit]

Remote Skylights provide two key advantages over artificial illumination:

  1. The transported light contains the frequencies necessary for photosynthesis. (Though it is reported that harmful UV rays are filtered out.)[3]
  2. No power is required to sustain the illumination. This means that (after construction) no harmful greenhouse gases are produced.

History[edit]

Remote Skylights were invented by RAAD studio[4] in order to provide natural illumination to the proposed Lowline underground park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.quotatis.co.uk/windows/velux
  2. ^ "Remote Skylights". The Lowline. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ Drumm, Perrin (2012-03-28). "The LowLine: How Do the Remote Skylights Work?". Core77. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ O'Rourke, Meghan. "The Lowline: A Proposed Underground Park in Manhattan". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-10-12.