I’ve have always been facinated by solar. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 watts of power per square foot hit the ground. https://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-the-potential-of-solar-power-2015-9
The above article is interesting in the sheer amount of available power the sun sends us for free.
What I would like to discuss is the science of what I have devoted my life to and what your thoughts and ideas on it are.
So I will start out with the basics. Any structure traps heat and moisture. Some insulated some not. (Sheds, foundations, outdoor garages) Air is not only a natural cleanser. (Think clothesline) The movement of air is something we live with daily. We get up and turn a fan on to shower. We turn a fan on to cook our bacon. We hop in our car and turn on a fan. We get to work and all around us from our computers to how our temperature is regulated is controlled by fans.
You can see where I am heading with this. Now lets talk about moisture heat and health. If you look up litigation stats you will find that a larger percentage of litigation is water related. In fact I believe it is the largest. This would include damage but also health concerns such as mold mildew rot and damage to interior and exterior of ALL structures.
Let me paint a picture for you of one of the things I did not understand as a child. I grew up in Washington state, heat was not a big deal to us. But when it did get hot it was just like anyplace else on come the fans and we aren’t sleeping so good. Here’s what I couldn’t figure out. It was hot all day and now it is evening. I have the doors open. I have the windows open. It has cooled down considerably. Why is it still so hot inside. What I know now that I didn’t know then was that buildings load up on heat during the day and store it. It then unloads slowly as the evening progresses and by morning we are back to a cool home. What if there was a way to keep that heat unloaded all day so that it could cool faster and in the case of air conditioning cheaper by removing the heat as it builds up?
Then there is one more factor. Buildings are insulated and I’m going to talk about how that is affected by moisure. 3% Moisture in insulation drops it effective R Value but some astronomical number. I’ve heard 57 to 67% that’s a crazy loss of insulative power. But more about moisture later.
Insulation can only hold or separate so much heat from a space. It does what I call LOAD UP. When it loads up to a certain point it begins transferring that heat into living space if we are speaking about an attic to home application. What if we could keep that insulation from loading up and slow the process of heat transfer?
Now what if we could trick the sun into removing it’s own heat?