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Solardish081
Solardish078
Rob, one of my favorite makers is constructing a giant solar death ray, he writes…

Oh man. I got my hands on a satellite dish, and soon I’ll have a free source of 13,000 watts of power! Longtime readers of Cockeyed.com will probably remember that I’ve tried this before. Inspired by the island episode of Rough Science, I attempted to build a solar-concentrating parabola out of mirrors. That attempt failed, and I was only able to heat water a little bit. However, my struggles inspired Louis Giersch to produce two sunlight concentrators himself, the second of which he coined “the Solar Death Ray”. The death ray used 112 mirrors to reflect 112 patches of sunlight onto one spot. Louis did a terrific job of showcasing the abilities of his solar tool, and now I would like to get in on the action.

The Light Sharpener – 12 foot Solar Collection Dish – Link.

Related:
Solar death ray (for cooking hotdogs) – Link.
Solar Death Ray – Link.

From the pages of MAKE:
Make 684
Made on Earth. MAKE 03 – page 16. Reports from the world of backyard technology, including a shopping cart go-kart, the “Solar Death Ray,” a demolished house sculpture, a gas tank bass instrument, and some seriously big speakers. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition or get MAKE 03 @ the Maker store.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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