Renewable Energy

All things energy, from solar and wind power to efficiency and off-grid living.

Add to My MSN

Solar Panels Get a Make-Over

10/15/2008 12:30:07 PM

Tags: solar panels, design, solar power

Cool Earth Solar has designed a mechanism for harnessing solar energy that looks like something more out of the Jetson’s than something that can catch the sun’s power.

Rather than flat panels, Cool Earth Solar’s model looks like an elongated bubble. According to this article, each unit is 8 feet in diameter, weighs 20 pounds when inflated and can produce 1 kilowatts. The article said these units can produce 300 to 400 times that of a standard solar-power generator.

The installation of these new solar panels is a little bit stickier. As I read the article, it seemed like these “solar concentrators” are suspended in the air by a wire attached to two wooden polls. But if you read something different want to correct me, by all means please do.

Cool Earth Solar’s first prototype plant is set to open in California within the next few weeks.



Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 

Dan_4
10/17/2008 2:40:40 PM
This seems very expensive. I was wondering what a cheaper solution like these could compare as far as energy enonomy: http://ussolarheating.com/solar-products-model-sh7.htm







Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here