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SHEC Labs Takes First for Most Efficient Solar Concentration

Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC) Labs has launched themselves into first place for the world’s most efficient solar thermal technology developed so far. They’ve created a solar concentrator and receiver that can concentrate solar energy up to 5,000 times the usual intensity of sunlight hitting the earth, making the sunlight nearly as hot as the surface from which it arrives. The 11,000° F heat can melt metal instantly if the concentrated sunlight is focused on it. This tops MITs solar concentration project that can concentrate light to 1,000 times its intensity, but this system uses cheap, widely available materials.

SHEC Labs uses one-foot-square parabolic mirrors held in a frame. A cylindrical tube with an aperture is painted with a highly reflective coating and acts as a solar receiver. Sunlight entering the aperture bounces around, with 95% of the energy eventually being absorbed by the tube.

If built at commercial scale SHEC Labs believes they can reach concentrations of generic viagra online 11,000 to 16,000 times the intensity of the sun’s light. With this kind of solar thermal power generated, the applications are widespread – from heating to water distillation, to converting methane from landfills into hydrogen and syngas, as well as hythane to run vehicles that use natural gas. While the technology has been a long time coming, it is getting utilized pretty quickly – a landfill in Texans is already implementing the system and will be able to fuel 5,000 vehicles on its fleet per year. Additionally, SHEC has cinched a deal to click now canadian viagra for sale generate 3 GW to be divided among 6 solar farms beginning overseas this year. While the system is costly to get up and running, pay back is expected in 5 to 15 years – pretty darn quick, relatively speaking.

Considering the growing interest in solar thermal projects, from the DOE investing $60 million on developing solar thermal technologies to Ausra opening a new factory to produce parts for their solar thermal projects, it seems likely that this new breakthrough has guns and will travel.

Via GoodCleanTech, PESN, GreenLaunches

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written by Kevin, July 24, 2008
This is how much is viagra 50 so awesome...
Slightly confused
written by Clinch, July 25, 2008
Isn't the level of light concentration due to the mirror that focuses the light, rather than what it's focused in too?

Can someone explain, because I just don't see the awesomeness of this.
We do what we must, because we can.
written by ryanknapper, July 25, 2008
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yes it's the mirrors
written by Geopilot, July 25, 2008
Yes it is the mirrors. more mirros mean more concentration.

they do however have a unique way of capturing that concentrated energy which is hard to online levitra uk do with out melting the capture device.

However you could capture the same total energy if you spread the capture device over a larger area.

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Unintended Consequences?
written by TheRoofBroker, July 28, 2008
I bet the military guys are already figuring out uses for this kind of intensified and best price for generic cialis focused heat
written by Al, July 29, 2008
This is very interesting. Relatively cheap green energy. Who could ask for more?
written by Total Solar Energy, September 15, 2008
"I bet the military guys are already figuring out uses for this kind of intensified and focused heat"

HAHA. i was thinking the same thing whilst reading the article. it's like something out of James Bond.
the awesomeness is in the capture
written by Arnold Murphy, January 30, 2009
The capture device is able to capture,absorb and deliver that heat exchange. The physics here is in the materials and the get viagra prescription rate of heat transfer from the receiver, the use of cialis express delivery the third law of thermal dynamics that heat will go towards cold basically. The higher the focused heat can be, due to this heat exchange the more energy that is effectively transferred. The problem up till now was that the receiver would most probably evaporate at these temperatures, this is why molten salt among other mediums have been used.

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