The solar panels are a nice way of harnessing sun’s natural light and producing electricity in an environment-friendly manner. For them to make full use of sun’s energy, they must be at a 90-degree angle with the sun at all times. Since they are flat, it is probably impossible for them to achieve this feat.
However, the human disposition for innovation wouldn’t let the technology stop from evolving.
Beta Ray – The Spherical Sun Power Generator
Combining spherical geometrical principles with dual tracking system, the incredible instrument can catch more of sunlight in a relatively smaller surface area. Its rotational design also makes it quite suitable for inclined surfaces.
The spherical sun power generator uses Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) technology. With a spherical design, the device is able to create an optical phenomenon that ensures that the sun’s light is concentrated in its ball lens. From here, the light is sent to a collector which contains solar photovoltaic panels. Finally, the light is converted into electricity in the same way it is in solar panels.
The use of multi-junction cell has brought the surface area down to 1% when compared to a normal silicon cell. Moreover, the inventors of the technology claim a whopping 99% transparency rate, which could mean easy integration with almost any area. With an advanced collector system, the device cannot only store extra energy in day light, but can also garner energy from the moon in night hours. Now this is what we call architectural brilliance!
Some of the applications of Beta Ray include electric car charging, energy producing windows and power generators.
How It Started
Andre Broessel is a German engineer with a passion for complex designs. With more than 25 years of experience in design and technology, he set out to revolutionize solar power. The inspiration of the idea of spherical sun power generator came from his daughter’s marble toys.
It all started with the first prototype called Micro-track. Broessel and his team were working on this project in a German laboratory and the results seemed encouraging. The initial design could garner 70% more energy than a traditional photovoltaic panel and did not suffer from any consequence from the weather.
However, it was the instrument’s nomination as finalists in the World Technology Network Awards 2013 that motivated the team to continue. After immense efforts, the team was able to produce a more polished version, called Beta Ray.
With the solar panel technology continuously evolving, we might have a few more surprises coming our way.