The major problem that plagues the modern solar industry is the need to store the sun’s energy in an inexpensive and accessible form. This issue is at the hub of many arguments against the wide scale use of solar as a solution to today’s energy needs. It is ironic that this problem was solved thousands of years ago then ignored in favor of religious proclivities. The ancients stored solar energy in huge stones housed in sealed chambers and used it to cook and dry crops when they needed.
Today the need to dry crops is limited to the farmer, but cooking is still a common requirement. Whilst solar cooking has found niche markets in the summer BBQ, it has not been widely adopted because of the cost and erratic nature of the sun. The main need today is for solar storage and electrical power generation. These areas are tackled with the same techniques that were used in the old world. The results are an amazing array of solar devices that have practical and fiscal value at both the domestic and industrial level.
These applications are mentioned throughout the Ancient Solar Premise, but are covered in more detail in ”The Sun Devices” comments on the use of the ancient technology today can be left there. Jordan expands on the ways in which these ancient methods can help craftsmen, industrialists and the home users.