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.