Friday, December 28, 2012

Game Changing Solar Technology?

I've been calculating our planned home's energy needs.  What I've come up with is a need for 50 245 watt solar panels.  That's a lot of panels, and a lot of real estate.  I remember reading about new technology last fall, but for the  life of me I couldn't remember the name of it.  Well, I found it.  It's V3Solar.

One problem with flat solar panels is that they're rarely optimally positioned unless you have an expensive tracking system.  The performance of photovoltaics also decreases with heat.  V3Solar has come up with an ingenious way around both of these problems, and are claiming their system yields an astounding 20 times more energy from the same number of cells.

Rather than me describing it, watch this video.  Prepare to be amazed.

If it's truly 20 times more efficient, that means that I'd need 20 times less panels.  I could get by with three of these.  They even have "trees" to mount these things on to take up less space.

Probably scare the crap out of the chickens, though.  And my neighbors in Bleecker would think aliens moved in.

1 comment:

  1. You're in the design process Dave, don't rush it. Go where it takes you.

    250 solar panels are absurd, but first ideas get the Bleecker homestead project into gear,.... :)

    Whenever I start designing a space or project, I don't worry too much about the details of initial ideas.

    Rarely does the end look like the beginning but the ideas left behind, are important.