A Secret Solar Energy Technology

Two of the greatest obstacles encountered by the solar energy industry are related to costs and efficiency. In order to compete with conventional power producers, a small company has developed a secret solar energy technology. The company is V3 Solar and they have discovered the new Spin Cell Technology. Can we expect lower costs and greater efficiencies for our solar energy? This article will investigate the new invention and explore the exciting implications it could bring to the entire solar industry.

Spin Cell Technology– This new idea is a departure from the world of static flat panel solar collectors. The Spin Cell is basically a cone of glass that covers and revolves around a photovoltaic cell. The glass concentrates the solar energy onto the PV cell at various different angles to produce electrical energy. Greater energy efficiency is achieved even when the sunlight is not at an optimum angle. Next we will discuss just how good these efficiencies can be.

20 X more energy– V3 Solar company officials claim that they can produce 20 times more energy from the same amount of silicon than traditional flat panels. This could lead to much lower costs per watt of electricity. One of the more exciting aspects of this new technology is the fact this also means that you can create more electrical energy in a smaller area of operation. A much smaller footprint is a huge advantage since most home owners and businesses have only a limited area for the optimal placement of solar collectors. We will now take a look at the cost of ownership for the average consumer.

A total lower cost of ownership– V3 Solar company CEO Michael Neistat states the solar industry should focus on the total cost of ownership rather than the normal standard of cost per watt. The total cost of ownership takes into consideration square footage of space required. Maintenance cost, purchase price, and longevity of the units are also factored into the equation. One big advantage of the spin cell unit is that an inverter will be part of the assembly. This means the unit will export AC electricity and a separate inverter will not be required. This will reduce overall costs and avoid problems that sometimes are encountered with the larger whole-house inverters. Neistat estimates that costs as low as.08 cents per kilowatt of electricity produced could be achieved. That would be a lower cost than conventional utilities can provide and much lower than the.28 cost per KW of using static flat panel solar systems.

We have explored the new spin cell technology. We examined the promises of greater energy efficiencies and the total lower cost of ownership. Spin cell technology could totally change the solar industry and the way in which we produce solar electricity for our homes and businesses. The technology looks very promising but is not yet available to the public. If the secret spin cell technology can make good on its promises, it will not only change the solar industry, but the entire sustainable energy sector as well.

Solar Power Technology and International Relations

Solar power technology is an exciting and developing field of study. Articles in both scientific and mainstream news frequently highlight its latest advancements. Notable events over just the last year include discoveries of new coating options, structural designs, storage methods, and material choices which all work toward creating solar cells that are more efficient as well as more affordable.

This level of interest in alternative energy should come as no surprise. In the world of today, many people and communities are finding themselves concerned about the condition of the environment. For this reason, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was formed.

This scientific body focuses on the risks involved in anthropogenic, or human-caused, climate change. Specifically, it has the task of assessing those risks as well as determining methods of addressing them. A formidable amount of science academies, societies, and other scientific organizations support the conclusions of the IPCC.

These concerns for the environment have encouraged steps to be taken on an international level to stabilize the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. One such step was the creation of the Kyoto Protocol, which entered into force in the year 2005. This protocol established legally binding commitments for the reduction of harmful emissions.

The treaty uses a cap and trade system with carbon credits and emissions quotas. Nations which fall under their emissions quotas may sell their credits. There are also opportunities for earning credits with different development projects. Such projects often deal with alternative energies like solar power.

While over 180 countries have ratified the treaty, the United States only signed it. A statement given by President George W. Bush on why it was not being submitted for ratification cited the economy. Also mentioned was the fact that China had signed it with many exemptions. At that time, China was the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States. Its exemptions were not viewed as being in line with the protocol.

The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is set to expire in 2012. Discussions about the next period have been ongoing. The role of the United States in the next treaty remains to be seen.

Of course, the U.S. does recognize the need for change. While President Bush did not attempt to ratify the agreement, he clarified that it wasn’t due to a lack of support for the principles of the Kyoto Protocol.

All of this has set the tone for great environmental achievements to be made between countries. As the top carbon dioxide emitters, agreements between U.S. and China stand to benefit the rest of the world. Both nations are part of the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.

Recent news has highlighted agreements made between the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEE) and the American National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). These are two of the largest solar power research institutes in the world. Both have signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU.

Under this agreement, Chinese and American scientists will focus on photovoltaic (PV) battery and component testing. It also emphasizes that research and development of technology will be shared. This allows for quicker and more effective communication between the researching groups.

The vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jiang Mianheng, has said that the deal represents great headway being made between the two institutes, and has great hopes for solar energy development. The NREL Web site points out that the MOU expands collaboration between the world’s largest economies and energy consumers. Events such as these are smaller gestures within the greater movements that define a political as well as physical climate of change.

Could Solar Roads Reduce Pollution?

Scientists have spent a good part of the decade trying to improve solar-powered panels which are used in harvesting energy from the sun. While modular panels are widely being used in houses and commercial spaces, the idea of installing them on roadways is picking up steam fast. But the latest idea to hit the streets (literally) is that of paving the roads with solar panels made of ruggedized glass in place of the usual asphalt.

Roads that Pay for Themselves

As far as solar technology news goes, while this plan seems a bit crazy and unorthodox, it’s the idea of Scott and Julie Brusaw who are residents of Idaho. The husband and wife team developed their modular pavement system back in 2009. Today the couple claims that solar panels that will be used in their project can withstand a load of over 250,000 pounds (which happens to be four times the legal weight of a semi truck) and can last for up to twenty years. The robust panels will also be able to melt both snow and ice on contact along with providing warm light via LED bulbs so that drivers can see debris along the road.

The solar panels are basically the same as those which are used in normal solar panels which are used in houses. The solar panels are then encased in specially designed version of bullet proof glass, which has been developed and tested at the top materials and research institutes at Penn State and University of Dayton. The base layers of the solar panels which will be used in the project will be made of 10% recycled glass, which from a manufacturing point of view is the most cost effective way of churning up the material for this monumental undertaking.

After building and testing the prototype courtesy of funding from the FHA (Federal Highway Administration) the couple plans to install their solar panels throughout the U.S. which will be a pretty big project considering the amount of highways and motorways that are in the U.S already.

Co2 Reduction

A grid of using solar roads will not only help generate electricity for street lights and quite possibly surrounding homes, but could also significantly reduce the CO2 levels in the atmosphere by providing a means of clean reusable energy. The long term aspiration of the couple is to replace the power grid with a smart grid, which will not only help the environment, but also the economy as well.

The Latest Update

According to the latest in solar technology news regarding Solar Roadways, the project is already the highest grossing campaign in the history of IndieGogo, and while its run on the crowd funding website still has a few days until it ends, the Solar Roadways campaign has gone way passed its initial goal of one million dollars. What made all this possible was the contributions that have been made by more than thirty-five thousand people from over forty countries. Way to go Scott and Julie!