01 Apr '12, 9am

Fiber Optic Technology Could Bring Sunlight to NYC's Underground Park

Fiber Optic Technology Could Bring Sunlight to NYC's Underground Park

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Delancey Underground , the proposed park beneath New York's Lower East Side, is the way James Ramsey and Dan Barasch plan to light it. A system of fiber optic cables would collect sunlight above ground and funnel it down into the abandoned trolley station, providing real sunlight that would allow plants to grow. How It Works I got to meet James and Dan this week, and learned a bit more about how the technology. What impressed me most, as someone without a science or tech background, is that I understand (mostly, and maybe) how it works. It's a pretty straightforward system. Unlike most solar technology , no energy is produced, the sunlight is merely transported to where its needed. A dish that looks like a flatter mixing bowl sits above ground. All of the sunlight that hits it is funneled toward its center and into fiber optic c...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/fiber-optic-te...

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