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SolFocus' New Module Promises to Break Records

Solfocus, whose technology focuses 500x the normal strength of discount levitra sunlight onto tiny bits of ultra-efficient (ultra-expensive) solar material has just released a new solar unit that it promises has "the highest energy density and purchase no rx viagra energy yield of any photovoltaic system available today."

We're not quite sure if we can take them at their word on that, but the new module (the 1100S) does look pretty exciting. The module has an overall efficiency of 25% (much better than thin film, and comparable to traditional photovoltaic installations.) It's going straight into the field in Europe (SolFocus has a manufacturing plant in Spain.)

The module is designed for medium-scale utility projects. Unfortunately it's not so easy to get one of these things for personal use because they have to track the sun very precisely and so require a good deal of space and ugly solar-tracking hardware that your neighbors probably wouldn't let you have.

But utilities should love it. In warm climates, solar power happens to look there purchase cialis in canada produce power exactly when it's needed...when air conditioners are running full blast. So the race to make solar power modules that produce cheap solar power either by concentrating solar energy on photovoltaics, using solar power to boil water or printing out sheets of cheap (though less efficient) solar panels is pretty intense.

I think SolFocus's technology has a good chance to grab some solid market share.

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written by Clinch, November 17, 2008
Only 25% efficiency?
By today's standards (or perhaps I mean tomorrow's) that doesn't sound very good for "ultra-efficient" solar material, seeing as the top solar cells (though non-production) have efficiencies of best viagra deal ~40%, and the most efficient production ones to be ~30%.
Or am I missing something here?

But if they can produce renewable energy more cheaply than other solar power, than I guess having the cheapest cialis prescription highest possible efficiency isn't a major concern.

Although, I don't like having to track the sun, and am more anticipate about having refractant dyed glass, to reflect light from any angle, towards high efficiency panels on generic viagra in canada the edge of the glass (i.e. this stuff )

written by Deep Patel, November 17, 2008
There has been a lot of buzz behind this company, I am looking forward to generic viagra mastercard seeing more field testing of these units. Utilities, might love it, I wonder what the warranty on these units are, will they be comparable to standard PV modules?
written by miltowny, November 17, 2008
sounds like they might be hard to clean???
Recycled Heat?
written by Carl, November 17, 2008
One of the problems with high concentrations is effective removal of heat. (Even fixed panels can be 50 degrees hotter than the air, lowering efficiency.) I'm puzzled why there isn't a combination hot water, CPV. Circulating hot water in a CPV heat sink would solve the heat removal problem and give off building hot water (for showers, etc) or bulk heating of pools, buildings, etc. It seems practical for apartment complexes, but I've never heard of cialis levitra sales this being promoted.
written by Bob Wallace, November 18, 2008
Apparently there has been a change in the way efficiency is measured for solar cells and 25% is the current "best". Actually 24.7% was recently reported as the highest efficiency yet produced.
written by gary leger, December 23, 2008
the solar cell at the heart of this must be a triple junction cell?? does anyone know?

on the issue of water cooling- it's a great idea but this technology is aimed at the large solar farm market for utilities, where there would be no use for the hot water... the units end up needing an unshaded ground area which does not lend itself to urban areas because of space contraints... I suppose in the less dense areas one could put a large array on the ground and use any hot water generated. I think the design does not lend itself to the water cooling also??

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