In 40 minutes of daylight the sun releases upon the earth the amount of energy that is consumed by the entire population of the planet in one year. Each day more solar energy falls to the Earth than the total amount of energy the planet's 6 billion inhabitants would consume in 27 years. Currently, we harness about 1% of this energy. Photovoltaic cells are currently being used in large groups known as arrays to gather this energy and convert it into usable electricity.
A two-dimensional mapping was constructed to delineate areas of high Btu consumption, since the Btu is how we measure energy. Research shows that a considerable amount of energy is consumed in North America and areas throughout Asia. A datascape was then constructed based from solar absorption and irradiation along the earth’s surface. This information is an average of data gathered from satellites over a period of one year. The datascapes were combined to reveal further information at their intersections. After taking this new solar surface map and overlaying onto the Btu consumption map, it is apparent that areas the energy falling onto the earth’s surface lies in areas where energy consumption is not so prevalent.
The sun is a body in constant motion. The spherical mega-body moves across our sky each day, east to west, in a repetitive cycle everyday. Utilizing photovoltaic technology, the surface of the panels needs to remain perpendicular to the sun’s rays in order to optimize its performance.
With all this information in mind, the boundaries designated by the site now become materialized into what can now be called transmission archipelagos. The transmission archipelagos function to constantly gather, convert, and redistribute energy to designated locations on the earth’s surface. This distribution is done by means of microwaves. Based on research of the Matrioshka Brain, energy gathered by the photovoltaic panels would be fed though wires to microwave generators, converting solar electricity into microwaves. The microwaves are sent to screens that reflect them to stations in various cities where they are converted back into usable electricity. To optimize the amount of surface area that is in contact with solar energy, a sphere is used as a form. The sphere is clad entirely with photovoltaic panels, becoming a massive photovoltaic farm. It is multiplied to occupy the inside volume of the transmission archipelagos, defining the exterior from within.
Since the transmission archipelagos are located within irradiated regions of solar energy, it is able to still collect this energy, as opposed to a surface. The newly defined solar molecules are constant moving bodies remaining bounded by the area defined by the transmission archipelago. Similar to hot air balloons, the solar molecules function in a similar manner. Buckminister Fuller’s project, Cloud Nine, became the precedence for this move. He proposed that uplift would be created within a geodesic sphere with the temperature of air within the sphere being increased by one degree Fahrenheit. The infrastructure sustaining the form would actually be one-thousandth the weight of air inside. Since the transmission archipelagos cover such a massive amount of land area, the constant moving solar molecules would benefit allowing sunlight to penetrate through creating animated shadows on the earth’s surface. People below may still enjoy the comfort of bright days and sun bathing.
Looking into detail at one solar molecule, it is constructed in three parts: the core, stabilizing/transfer rods, and solar panel cladding. The core functions to store the energy gathered where possible microwave generators can be located. Rods are a medium between the core and the exterior that offer structural support. Energy collected on the surface is fed into each rod then transferred to the core. A cavity is also formed as a result between the exterior and core. Since energy is transferred though the rods, excess heat is emitted slightly raising the temperature in the cavity creating uplift. Finally the exterior serves to collect solar energy. With this proposition, the percentage of energy harnessed can greatly increase to a point where it will solely sustain our needs.
Detail of solar molecule with solar panels exploded out
hovering over cities in Brazil
Olympic stadium on Montjuic
Image at night revealing the Moon