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Friday, April 04, 2008

Inverted pyramid solar panel design--30% savings

I'm really excited about this patent pending design for making a solar panel. I think of these as "baby pictures"...still in the cute and fuzzy stage. So bear with me as I try to explain what you are seeing. (pictured below)

The basic idea is to place trapezoid shaped mirrors on each side of a solar cell as shown. The dark green part that lies flat along the bottom is the solar cell, and all four of the sloping side walls are reflectors. There is a transparent glass cover shown...well okay that is a bit tough...maybe you can see the "clips" along the top edge of each reflector that the cover rests on.

When the sun is directly over the panel, you get between 3.5-4 times (4x if you use 100% reflective mirrors) the amount sunlight, and hence the 3.5-4x the power from each cell. The result is a panel that uses 1/4 the number of solar cells of a typical panel, significantly reducing the panel cost. I estimate that this design will cost 30% less than a standard panel after adding in the cost of the mirrors. These panels should be mounted on solar trackers for best results.

The first image shows two "compartments" and the second shows how multiple compartments added together to form a panel. I think of this as an inverted pyramid design, but the full panel looks a little like an egg-crate.


















7 Comments:

At 8:29 PM, Blogger RITURAJ said...

THANKS, Its really good idea. A real good thing for our earth.

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger हरिराम said...

Now 3d hologram tech is used in solar cells which have such inverted pyramid design gives 180% more energy.

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous disdaniel said...

@10:42
Hey that sounds really cool...can you provide a link that describes this new hologram tech?

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Thesolar said...

Your posted was well informative, that every person who read or see this will get knowledge about you posted. you made a great job for this and thank you for sharing your taughts on us..More power!
Earth4Energy

 
At 12:10 AM, Blogger Thesolar said...

Wow! Very informative and interesting blog you got here. Could have been better if you could add some videos and photos on how to make or to install solar panels. Anyway your blog still rocks,Keep Posting!!Earth4Energy build solar power.

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Thesolar said...

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At 2:20 PM, Blogger mobius1r said...

Great idea
Instead of plexi glass use a fresnel lens which focuses directly on the four mirrors intensifying the effect of reflected light on the solar cell.

 

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