The Eclipse Sunshield

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The Eclipse Sunshield

The Eclipse SunshieldAlex Li, Isaac Wecht, Jake Laddis, and Isabel Wecht

All around the world, humans are forced to endure the brutral hot summer conditions. Air conditioning is often used to lessen the effect, yet one of its major drawbacks is that the units frequently are found leaking chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere. CFCs destroy the ozone layer, while simultaneously increasing the amount of skin disease found in both humans and animals. Furthermore, certain tropical communities have not built the infrastructure needed to support the electrical demands of many air conditioners. The solution to this problem must keep buildings cool without the use of electricity. It must also protect our sacred earth.

This sunshield can greatly improve living conditions in both developed and under-developed countries while protecting our sacred earth. In the United States of America, traditional air conditioners cost homeowners over $11 billion every year, and while contributing to the growing hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic region. In Africa, recent heat waves have caused thousands to suffer from heatstroke. However, by introducing the JWST's sunshield technology, lives around the world will be improved, and the earth won't be destroyed.

We chose to focus on the James Webb Space Telescope and it's use of sunshield coating to keep the telescope cool.

The JWST's sunshield technology reflects and radiates away incoming sun and heat rays. It is used on the satelite to keep equipment at temperatures around 50K. This device can be placed on the roofs of buildings during the summer to keep the interiors cool. This will mitigate air conditioning use, and decrease CFC leakage. In areas without access to adequate clean energy, it will serve as an essential method to handle the heat.

Experiment Materials: wood, sunshields, thermometers, protractorProcedure: Build ten identical habitable structures next to one another in an open field. Place a thermometer inside each structure. Attach the modified JWST sunshield technology to the roofs of five of the structures at various angles relative to the ground. Leave the other five structures without a sunshield on the roof to act as control variables. Check the thermometers for each structure simultaneously. Repeat multiple times a day and record the temperatures. Repeat this experiemnt at different latitudes to find the optimal sunshield angle at different locations.



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