Crystal balls have been telling fortunes in fairgrounds for several years, however this Spherical Sun Power Generator might be the future of alternative energy.
A German engineer has designed an innovative style of a solar energy generator. in contrast to being flat or thin like different kind of PV panels, this one is a large clear sphere!
Using the geometry and optical properties of a large transparent ball, this solution acts like a large magnifying glass to create power. according to their claim, it will reach potency level of 57% when compared to standard PV systems.
- What is this Spherical Sun Power Generator?
This giant crystal ball is actually a machine which generates solar power form the sunlight. This is a known as the beta.ey, he believes his invention is capable of compressing "more juice out of the sun".
Andre and Rawlemon are the people who actually develop beta.ey. they're a technology company who develop and market next-generation mass concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and concentrating thermal (CSP) modules.
The designer claims this model ought to also allow the generator to reap energy no matter day or night.
The technology can even integrate a hybrid collector which will harvest thermal and solar power at the same time.
At night the device can even be used as a dynamical lamp using LED lights. It can even, like standard solar panels, be used to supplement building energy consumption and, probably, be used as an electric vehicle recharging station.
These giant spherical solar power generators can also be miniaturized for many different purposes such as charging your portable devices.
- How is it better than typical PV?
beta.ey combines the geometry of a large clear sphere with a dual axis trailing system and collector that, in theory, produces double the yield of a standard solar panel. Like different CPVs, this innovation is automatically a lot more economical than PV just by virtue of its ability to gather as much solar power as possible.
This is because for PV panels to reach close to their maximum potential they have to be as close to perpendicular to the sunshine supply as possible. this is often only realistically achievable by being able to move the panel in 2 axes throughout the day.
beta.ey is also a lot more economical once it comes to materials used throughout its construction. Smaller solar cells mean less precious metals, like silver, and different consumables.
It is also more economical once it comes to real-estate. the little size of the solar panel collectors reduces the amount of area required for preparation.
Moveable solar panels are also massive and cumbersome things. They need plenty of moving mechanical components to both support the panels and move them throughout the day. Non-building mounted solar panels are also terribly vulnerable to high winds which might usually damage PV installations.
The Spherical solar energy Generator only have to move a very tiny PV panel around the outside of the clear sphere.
The Spherical solar energy Generator may additionally have an edge on its CPV competitors. While CPVs are amazing at gathering and concentrating direct daylight, they're less effective at capturing diffuse rays like light diffracted by clouds or the atmosphere.
CPVs also tend to be fairly expensive to manufacture, this has control back their production for a few years.
- Sounds nice, however what's the catch?
Whilst this technology may sound just like the excellent alternative to traditional PV, it's not perfect.
Since its main collector is a large clear sphere, its efficiency is just pretty much as good because the sphere is clean. Environmental contamination like bird feces, for instance, would require it to be constantly maintained.
Unless they will build the sphere self-cleaning, of course.
Its design is also less than unnoticeable. The push to create typical solar panels less of an eye-sore over the previous few years had led to some fascinating styles.
Many panels are currently ultra-thin, and corporations like Tesla have created tile unseeable cells. Some are even wafer skinny.
Whilst the prototype design is actually a piece of art, of a kind, it'll stand out more than typical PV panels. However, it may easily pass as a piece of modern-sculpture in many other gallery around the world.
Whatever the future for this piece of technology is, is anyone's guess however it a push in the right direction. Unless, of course, you're not a lover of its ultra-futuristic style.