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erco
01-26-2012, 02:41 AM
80 degrees here in LA and cars are melting!

http://beta.local.yahoo.com/news-woman-claims-neighbor-energy-efficient-windows-melting-her-toyota-prius

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
01-26-2012, 02:53 AM
I takes more than one flat pane of reflective glass to melt plastic. But see this article: http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2010/09/las-vegas-hotel-concentrates-sunlight-aims-it-at-guests/

-Phil

erco
01-26-2012, 03:06 AM
I takes more than one flat pane of reflective glass to melt plastic.-Phil

I reckon it all depends on the size of the pane! One big pane could cause...

one big pain!

http://www.solaripedia.com/13/31/Solar_One_and_Two_(Now_Defunct).html

Franklin
01-26-2012, 03:28 AM
I remember driving by one of those sites at night. They had the mirrors turned toward the ground and the work lights were making the whole site glow.

xanatos
01-26-2012, 03:38 AM
My son lived in Delaware for a few years, in a brand new development. The house next to his had the solar arc traced into their vinyl siding by his windows! Fortunately, it was the developer, not my son, who had to replace the siding!

kwinn
01-26-2012, 03:42 AM
Sounds like a job for strategically placed retro-reflectors.

Gadgetman
01-26-2012, 07:54 AM
Eh... I'm a bit baffled...

For this effect to happen wouldn't the panels have to concentrate the light a bit more?
I mean, if the MythBusters couldn't set fire to a single, lousy trireme with all their silver and bronze mirrors, and had trouble even with curved ones, what are the odds that sunlight reflected off of a single pane should melt anything?

Spiral_72
01-26-2012, 03:27 PM
Eh... I'm a bit baffled...

For this effect to happen wouldn't the panels have to concentrate the light a bit more?
I mean, if the MythBusters couldn't set fire to a single, lousy trireme with all their silver and bronze mirrors, and had trouble even with curved ones, what are the odds that sunlight reflected off of a single pane should melt anything?

I too would call BS on this one, but then again she has the alleged melted mirrors. This is pretty bizarre. I'm thinking a bathroom mirror from the Goodwill will work nicely and from the sounds of things, cause a house fire.

Sounds like she needs to invest in a single solar panel to make use of all that plastic melting power :)