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Friday, February 6, 2009

Harvest cheap energy from solar balloon

Harvest energy from solar balloon

As the conventional energy sources are going to exhaust very soon, the best alternative is the green technology like solar, wind energy harvesting so on. In this series, the Solar power harvesting has become more popular which is replacing the conventional energy harvesting. But it is too expensive while used commercially with high efficiency. In order to make it more efficient, solar light can be concentrated over the solar panels or cells of small area to convert into more electricity with respect to sunlight. Normally mirrors are used for concentration of sunlight to focus on solar cells. But this seems to be very costly and require more area.
Cool Earth Solar of Livermore, California, has invented a novel technique in order to better harvest solar energy with cost effective method. Yes, The new technology is the use of solar balloon. The solar balloon is a aluminized party balloons with one side transparent facing the sunlight. The solar cell is placed inside the solar balloon on which the sunlight is focused. The inner surface of the coated half of the balloon will act as a concave mirror. Now the balloon has become a cheap solar energy concentrator. Let the technology be the future cheap commercial energy source.


BeyondGreen said...

We need to do everything in our power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.We have so much available to use such as wind and solar as well as technologies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. There could be no better investment in than to invest in energy independence. Create clean cheap energy,create millions of BADLY needed new green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year did serious damage to our society and economy. Record numbers of jobs and homes have been lost due to the direct impact on our economy.Oil is finite.We are using it globally at the rate of 2 X faster than new oil is being discovered. Added to the strain on our supplies foreign countries are bursting in populations and becoming modern.China and India alone are expected to add another 3 million vehicles to their highways in the next 2 decades. I just read a fantastic book called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now by Jeff Wilson.Great Book!

Yokara said...

It is really great to read your feedback on green energy

Abas said...

It looks good but will it be practical or even cost effective.

Yokara said...

Yes, it is cost effective as the design of balloon cost is less per watt power generation.

neonazzer29 said...

This one looks like straight out of a science film !

Yokara said...

Though it seems to be a fiction as in a science film, this type of tech. will definetely replace the existing tech. for harvesting cheap energy.

MIke said...

Might be hard to keep the balloons under control in windy conditions. Concept looks good. How practical would it be for homes?

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