05 Apr '11, 2am

New Solar Thermal System Sucks More Energy from the Sun

According to the Wake Forest team, the new system collects energy that is unavilable to conventional rooftop solar systems, which only collect about 25 percent of the energy available from the sun (they don’t collect infrared light – the longest wavelengths, which are invisible to human eyes). Conventional solar technology also functions best only at peak daylight hours, while the Wake Forest system has the potential to deliver energy throughout the day. In urban areas particularly, the new system could take advantage of the “heat island” effect, sucking energy emanating from buildings and paved surfaces.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/04/new-solar-thermal-sys...

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