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giant glass balls to concentrate solar

giant glass balls to concentrate solar

RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

"Gathers energy from moonlight"

Sorry, they lost me right there.

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Goober Dave

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

A lense without water works. No reason I can see to fill them with water and pay for supporting that weight.

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

Reminds me of an old sunlight meter we had in high school. It had a strip of iodine paper wrapped around the edge of the sphere that scorched when the sun shined.This tolds you how much and when the sun shined.
B.E.

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

An excellent reminder that solar cells are rated at 25°C (77°F and can reach temperatures of 70°C (158[&degF]) resulting in reductions of 40% + of the rated power output. Probably why they should be used (only?) under moonlight.

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

Seriously? a fricking Fresnel lens will do about the same, and be about 1000 times lighter; how's that for efficiency? The collection efficiency of a sphere is not particularly good, particularly one which is not even AR coated. And what about all the gaps between the spheres? Not to mention that it's not particularly innovative, given that microlens arrays have already been proposed to to this sort of thing on a more practical scale. And, come on, an architect? Really? He's the one they're doing a feature article on? Puleez...

Moonlight is something like 1 million times dimmer than the sun w.r.t. illuminance on the ground, so not terribly cost effective to go after moon light.

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

But... but.... but... nobody else is collecting moonlight!

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

And let's not forget: the architects will LOVE them.

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RE: giant glass balls to concentrate solar

Maybe they should try a jar shape instead, sounds more poetical.

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