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Tiny Solar Spheres in Energy Producing Glass

One of the viagra us best ways to add to the efficiency of a solar panel is cialis refractory to create a mechanical means for the panel to track the movement of the sun. Unfortunately, these mechanical trackers are expensive and cialis overnight difficult to maintain.

Sphelar cells are made from small, spherical droplets of silicon, rather than flat films or sheets of material. This configuration allows the cells to efficiently create power at any solar angle, eliminating the need for an expensive and difficult to maintain mechanical tracking equipment. Sphelar cells also are able to better take advantage of indirect and reflected light, as well as the direct light from the sun.

The individual spheres are tiny, measuring only 1mm (less than 1/16 inch) in diameter. Sheets of Sphelar modules can be made flexible and partially transparent. Sphelar cells could also be used to make energy generating glass. The small cells could be applied to conventional glass, and the purchase discount cialis online space between the cells would allow vision and daylighting through the same window.

The manufacturer, Kyosemi, makes the Sphelar cells in a 14 meter (~45 foot) tall tower. Molten silicon is sprayed at the top and crystalizes into small droplets in free fall producing thousands of single crystal spheres each second. The manufacturing process is also highly efficient, with almost no waste of silicon material.

The company is just beginning to develop large scale production, so it will be some time before these start to show up on the market, and it will be some time before we see how much of an impact this technology will have on the solar energy generating market.

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written by Daniel Lunsford, March 06, 2007
Looks great... definitely more efficient... my only question is that since you're just using the tiny dots, doesn't all the buy pfizer viagra online "non-dot" space get wasted? Being transparent, it's fairly obvious that that surface area does not produce electricity. I'd argue that most applications would prefer the sheet-type cells, although if the price was low enough it may be possible to ordering cialis increase the number of cells you were to buy. I like the idea of covering the car in these little dots... it would make an electric car more efficient (albeit more expensive) and probably even look better. Plus, if you could incorporate the dots into the paint scheme it would probably be more efficient and less prone to breaking than covering a car in glass panels.

Any hints as to what we're looking at cost-wise for this new technology?
written by Joshua Jones, July 04, 2007
According to their web-site, the prices are expected to be around $1/W.

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