Concentrated Solar Power could reduce reflection loss from 30% to 2%

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  1. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    [​IMG] The company claims that the technology is suitable for any city that gets at least as much sunshine as New York City

    [xfloat=right][/xfloat]Christopher Mims - Pop Sci - May 4, 2009

    The next frontier in traditional solar panels is concentrators - devices, usually lenses, that concentrate solar power onto the most expensive part of a solar panel - the silicon.

    Skyline Solar's "solar trough" design concentrates sunlight without using expensive lenses or complicated robotic armatures for tracking the sun as it crosses the sky.

    The entire system is built from commodity parts in an effort to make it cheap and scalable – the ultimate goal being 'grid parity,' or a system that is competitive with fossil fuels as a means of generating electricity. That's why the Department of Energy gave Skyline a $3 million grant as part of its Solar Energy Technologies Program. (Investors have plunked down another $25 million.)

    Proponents of concentration photovoltaics have long argued that the technology has the potential to slash the cost of solar power, but until now, it has represented an incremental cost savings at best. Indeed, many industry observers believe that thin film solar, a competing technology, is the one to watch.... [rm][/rm]
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  2. Xringer

    Xringer Older Member

    Once or twice a month (in seems), I read about another brand new
    discovery that is being developed that will give us Super PV panels.

    But, it seems you never hear from them again, after the press release.
    I think some of the R&D winds up as start-up companies, but most of
    them don't make it. Or, they are just a flash-in-the-pan to get some funding.?.

    So, when someone comes out with a 400 Watt panel? I'll believe it when I see it.. :)

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