As we did with the 5 inventions related to wind energy, let’s take a look then at the five most interesting inventions of the past few months, this time on solar energy. In Erenovable, the Top 5 of inventions related to solar energy.
INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR ENERGY
Solar energy is one that comes from the sun. It is a clean and renewable energy, which never runs out, and that can be collected and converted into heat or electricity by means of solar panels.
However, solar energy still has many more uses and applications, and ever new ways to exploit the possibilities are discovered. Here we see some of the most outstanding and remarkable in the field of solar energy inventions.
Thin, flexible solar laminates with CIGS technology
The Swiss company Flisom developed solar panels that are thin flexible plates, not of silicon but of a much cheaper material called CIGS, which is manufactured by compression of copper, indium, gallium and selenium. These sheets, being flexible could be used in small devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, laptops … even for tinted windows of buildings and cars.
Solar Tower: The tallest building in Europe
The Solar Tower is an invention that generate electricity through a glass surface of 3 km in diameter located at the base of the tower, this surface calientea the air which then rises through 750 meters of the tower and thus produces electricity drive turbines that are inside. It will generate about 40 megawatts of electricity.
Solar thermal tower
TRANSPORTABLE SOLAR AND WIND
The company Ecosphere Technologies developed the device size of a truck container that can be transported anywhere. And inside is a system that purifies the water powered by solar panels, which in turn generate electricity in surplus for use in emergencies or why not feed a school.
SOLAR ENERGY THROUGH HOLOGRAMS
This is not science fiction, but a technique that can be revolutionary. It’s called Solar Hologram. It was developed by the Japanese company Prism Solar Technologies. Separates light into different wavelengths by prisms, and thus energy from concentrates of each wavelength of light (each color) in a photovoltaic cell different, better use of space, and reducing the cost of the plates.
Solar Car Battery Charger
The company ICP Solar developed a practical battery charger that works with a solar panel. He’s only 15 centimeters long and 5 meters wide, and weighs just 400 grams. It plugs into the cigarette lighter of the car and around the car battery recharging.
WHY INVEST IN SOLAR ENERGY?
If anything inventions teach us we have shown (and you can see in more detail by clicking on the links) is that solar energy has many possibilities. Indeed, it seems a certainty that these inventions are only a small part of the applications that could be solar energy, and there is still much research to make the most of.
There is no doubt that solar energy meets all the requirements for being one of the main forms of energy supply, especially in those areas where its use would be more efficient (warmer or rather, in the areas of greatest conditions incidence of sunlight)
Solar energy has the potential to become a method of providing completely clean and renewable energy. The sun is responsible for day after day produce the energy needed to supply both small and large scales. Also, other problems, such as storage and treatment of waste would end. At a stroke, it would end with an important part of pollutant emissions caused by industries that use fossil resources.
For reasons how are you, solar energy has become a kind of champion of sustainable development, an icon of green and ecological thinking. Solar energy is not only an energy of support, which can be tapped to supplement other methods for creating heat or electricity. It is a path that can provide self-sufficiency of small and large communities.
The vast majority of planetary energy is created based on non-renewable fossil resources. This means that one day, these resources will be completed. No doubt about it, and those days are getting closer considering the increased industrial activity in recent decades. What then?
How to solve the problem of the depletion of non-renewable resources? Very simple, the solution has been all the time in front of our noses: renewable energy, the sun, the wind, always be there to give us a new opportunity.
However, as things progress, it seems that it will take many years for solar energy is definitively established as a real alternative.
Meanwhile, we must continue conforming with some progress and “inventions” such as we have seen in this article.