Running sunlight over wires (trying to replicate experiment)
Our property is such that only our roof gets a lot of sun. Virtually everywhere else on the property is partial or full shade. So it was with great enthusiasm that I read about an experiment where someone apparently "channeled" outdoor sunlight into a pitch-black basement and got green plants to grow in the basement! Here is an online version of what I read:
Has anyone heard of this experiment and/or successfully replicated it? To paraphrase Edison, I now know 3 ways that don't work.
To get into the details of my failed attempts, I'm using sheet metal for the "sun plates" and screws to connect the sheet metal to the insulated copper wires. I'm wondering if I need to upgrade to actual plate steel and soldering/welding to the wire. I'm also just tightly wrapping the aluminum foil around the copper wires down at the plant. I'm wondering if I need to upgrade to soldering copper to aluminum foil (even possible?). The author doesn't describe either the "sun plates" or the "connections" in detail. Although I found a separate interview with the author where he hints at soldering.
I have found some old posts on other (now defunct) forums where folks mentioned replicating this, but their how-to links are broken.
I'm trying to "start small" by replicating this experiment. Does anyone have any suggestions or feedback for me?