IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet



solarA team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.

The process of  trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.

“Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.” (2)

The heat is absorbed into hundreds of tiny solar cells called photovoltaic chips. These gather the energy and are then cooled by microchannled water, which is why they are safely able to concentrate such large amounts of solar energy.

According to Greenpeace, this technology can establish itself as the third largest player in the sustainable power generation industry. A study published in 2009 predicted that solar power could supply all the world’s energy needs, with minimal space. (1) Greenpeace estimates that it would take only two percent of the Sahara Desert’s land area to supply the entire planet’s electricity needs.(1)

A common problem with modern-day solar collectors is that they can only take in a minimal amount of energy. This means that useful heat is wasted, cannot be harnessed and is thrown away. This technology eliminates that problem. Solar panels taking in too much energy run the risk of melting themselves due to mass amounts of heat. This is changing, as we continue to explore more efficient ways of energy generation, it’s becoming clear that it’s time to do away with the old, and usher in the new, clean, green technologies.

This project is being funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. They are supplying a three-year $2.4 million grant to develop the technology. Prototypes have been developed and are being tested.

This is another great technology that could provide power to the entire planet for free! Good reasons as to why we cannot implement this technology are non existent. At the end of the day, it seems that big oil corporations will do whatever they can to prevent change from happening, but the power of the people is greater. All we have to do is come together, create, and cooperate.

 Below is a video of IBM research scientist Bruno Michel giving an overview of the project.

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Sources:

(1) http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/concentrating-solar-power-2009/

(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/22/ibm-solar-collector-hcpvt_n_3130544.html

 http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/22/ibm-alliance-solar-collector-concentrates-power-of-2k-suns/

 

 

 

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60 comments on “IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

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  4. Faheem

    During my school age, we kids use to burn papers by magnifying sun rays through glass, having now been many years in the electrical power business and realizing that day by day demand of electrical power is growing around the glob, the idea of magnifying sun rays re-emerged in my mind just recently, IBM’s invention will work for the entire world, but need to design in a way that is not very expensive system on which rich nations make money from it and the poor are left behind looking around in dark with candles & hand fans, SUN belongs to every human, let us share it equally

  5. chris fitzhugh

    How much does it cost to produce these things.

    • Otowner

      Who cares? If we don’t act fast we’ll be out of food, consumable water and breathable air.

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  8. well lets get the dam thing operating then!!!

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  10. Really? The power of 2000 suns? What a nonsensical thing to say. It’s an impressive piece of engineering, but it is in no what what this article says it is.

    • Dr.SS

      2000 mirrors would fit that sun power estimation. What is so hard to accept about that?

  11. And now this is out of the news, like all new energy advances. Anything actually happening with this?

  12. Carl

    This technology is not new, see http://www.zenithsolar.com/solar-engineering.aspx. In development currently is a small scale parabolic/turbine to produce electricity and hot water for anyone and anywhere on the planet.

  13. lawrence drew

    Very positive breakthrough

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  16. That is excellent news!

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