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05-12-2008 Solar Powered Spain to the Rescue

It may comes as a surprise, that the southern Andalusian region of Spain, once considered to be backwards industrially, has not only caught up with the

world but has perhaps even superseded it in the

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innovative solar powered stakes. We know this through the
implementation of FLATCON® from Concentrix Solar. FLATCON® modules are high concentration photovoltaic systems that use Fresnel lens and extremely high-efficiency cells to achieve 500 times the sun’s concentration. Now you can see them stationed near Seville in Andalusia, Spain. We’re talking vast acres of solar farms using photovoltaics made from semiconductors to convert sunlight to electricity. Now that’s impressive (and technical).

Picture from: www.abengosolar.com

18-09-2008 Sheila the Solar Queen

Architect Sheila Kennedy’s new solar energy device works like the photovoltaic cells in solar panels but are membrane like surfaces, able to be draped like curtains or used to cover walls or roofs. The Solar Textiles absorb light, converting it into energy, changing the way buildings receive and distribute energy. As principal architect of Kennedy and Violich Architecture in Boston, as well as a lecturer at MIT, Sheila Kennedy is an expert in solar cell technology. She used 3D modeling software to design her Solar Textiles, which are sure to impact greatly on the energy efficient world.



Picture from: web.mit.edu

 

 

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05-06-2008 Taking Daylight to New Heights

The 2008 Olympic Games might just be overshadowed by the introduction of GreenPix, the largest colour LED display in the world. One might be forgiven for thinking that the huge media wall is an energy-eating giant.
Remarkably, the colossal screen doesn’t require any energy to function. It is the first photovoltaic system of its kind that is entirely self-sufficient, instead saving up energy during the day to make the screen shine at night. This one-of-a-kind innovation will brighten up the city and the world with its progressive, energy-saving ways.
 

 

 

Picture from: www.greenpix.org