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The Photensity: PV, Solar Thermal, and Light Bulb All In One

BrightPhase Energy, a Denver-based startup, has created the solar equivalent of wow it's great rx online viagra a one-man-band: The Photensity. Inside this square box, three different technologies are employed to harness sunlight. Firstly, 18% efficient silicon solar cells are mounted on a set of Venetian blinds to deliver PV electricity. Secondly, thin fluid-filled pipes absorb thermal energy which can be used to heat a house’s water supply. Finally, because the usefull link canada levitra online aforementioned blinds can be rotated to let in sunlight, the Photensity also “harnesses” sunlight by acting as a skylight during sunny hours (when there is no sun, it turns on an electric light).

All told, BrightPhase claims that after tallying up all of the energy that the Photensity provides – in terms of electricity, heat and light – they calculate the cost at $1.80 per watt. Now, we know that any time we get a quote like that, it must be taken with a grain of salt, since there are a lot of assumptions that go into it. For example, since the Photensity allows sunlight in, it counts those lumens as energy generated. How do you translate lumens into watts? If you do so by using light bulbs as a standard, what kind of light bulbs? If you’re basing the number on incandescent bulbs, it will in a sense inflate the wattage that the device is actually producing.

However, I’m less concerned about how the $1.80 is calculated and more concerned about how these devices will actually work. The Photensity aspires to tramadol from foreign pharmacy be a replacement for a skylight, but it offers a lower-quality light than a skylight, since its light casts shadows of how much does cialis cost the solar modules. And it can only be applied to architecture that facilitates skylights – which means it can’t be used to retrofit, say, a large warehouse. And, reportedly, a trial in a California Wal-Mart revealed some issues with the cialis profesional functionality of the device itself.

What I wonder is: how much PV and thermal energy do you lose by incorporating the sunlight element? Is it really worth it? Or did BrightPhase simply find a way to report a lower cost-per-watt by incorporating the “wattage” of sunlight?

Via Greentech Media

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written by Dave Buemi, April 14, 2009
I would be please to answer your questions at your convenience. Also, we have never done a demonstration with Wal-Mart.



Mock journalism
written by Carl Andrews, March 19, 2010
This article is classic mock journalism. IT is obvious that the author didn't bother to do buy generic online viagra any proper research on the product covered, and instead relied on hear-say and personal assumptions. For instance, skylights are often inefficient because they channel too MUCH light to focused areas. Why do you think people but blinds over windows ? Having movable slats enables the Photensity to it's cool order cialis have more control over the quality of light delivered, not simply poor quality. I will leave it at that...

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