31 Aug '15, 5pm

Solar Sunflower harnesses power of 5,000 suns

Solar Sunflower harnesses power of 5,000 suns

The latest in solar power comes to us from Swiss inventors working for Airlight Energy , Dsolar (a subsidiary of Airlight), and IBM Research in Zurich, reports Ars Technica . It's called the Solar Sunflower, and like its namesake, it tracks the sun and cools itself by pumping water through its veins like a plant. Aside from its aesthetically-pleasing design, the Solar Sunflower also makes use of some innovative technology. It uses something called HCPVT (Highly Efficient Concentrated PhotoVoltaic/Thermal) to generate electricity and hot water from solar power. Basically, this method entails using reflectors to concentrate the sun, as well as highly efficient photovoltaic cells (known as gallium-arsenide photovoltaic cells) to convert that concentrated solar energy into electricity. Though concentrated solar thermal power and PVs are nothing new to the solar power industry,...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/stories/solar-sun...

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