German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine#P
spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station. Scroll down for photos and videos…
“The beta.ray comes with a hybrid collector to convert daily electricity and thermal #energy at the same time. While reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with the equivalent power output by using our ultra transmission Ball Lens point focusing concentrator, it operates at efficiency levels of nearly 57% in hybrid mode. At nighttime the Ball Lens can transform into a high-power lamp to illuminate your location, simply by using a few LED’s. The station is designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.”
These great glass balls are the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generators, designed by German architect André Broessel, a wonderful invention that was selected as a finalist in the 2013 World Technology Awards. It seems solar panel technology has been evolving for more than 40 years, but it’s not nearly as effective as this new design for harnessing the power of the sun. For instance, unless the sun is tracked via precision motors, today’s most efficient solar panels can be 70% less efficient than the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generators in their prime. What’s more, the spherical solar energy generators produced by Broessel’s #Rawlemon company drastically reduce the overall size of given solar “panel.” Some day soon these spherical generators might replace the need for vast stretches of open fields or what have you for large solar panels.