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Taihang Solar Farm Accurately Pictured In 1911

The Taihang solar farm in China, also called "the Solar Valley" has been described as "a massive exercise in social, economic and ecological engineering". It is built right into the local mountains and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 251,000 metric tons of every year.

Hugo Gernsback (yes, that Hugo!) imagined this scene quite clearly in his 1911 classic Ralph 124c 41 +:

The entire expanse, twenty kilometers square, was covered with glass. Underneath the heavy plate glass squares were the photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.

The photo-electric elements, of which there were 400 to each square meter, were placed in large movable metal cases, each case containing 1,600 photo-electric units.

Each metal case in turn was movable, and mounted on a kind of large tripod in such a manner that each case from sunrise to sunset presented its glass plate directly to the sun.


(Helio-Dynamophores from 'Ralph 124c 41 +' by Hugo Gernsback)

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