Rawlemon: Solar Glass Orbs Improve on Solar Panels
Without question, solar energy is a vital resource that will transform the way we consume power in the years to come. Research labs and solar companies are coming up with better and cheaper solar panels, that more and more households and industries are utilizing solar panels for their electrification needs.
However, many solar panel systems are still inapplicable or too costly for those who consume high power levels. A solution that is currently in use by such users are not only extremely large panels but also expensive systems that need to track the movement of the sun to be able to absorb its energy at all times.
One project ? called ?Rawlemon? (Raw Lemon? )- is coming up with an ingenious solution to tackle this problem. This project, started by Andre Broessel, an architect from Germany, aims to turn the solar panel design completely obsolete by making the flat panels into glass orbs.
These ?solar orbs? designed by Broessel himself, is a uniquely designed round device that looks like an eyeball and uses refraction to focus the sunlight consistently on its ?panels? without the need for tracking the sun’s movement.
The project is currently sourcing its funds thorough Indiegogo, a crowd-funding site, and is part of a growing trend among tech innovators who raise their capital funding thorough crowdsourcing instead of the usual venture capitalist investors.
The need to make these photovoltaic solar cells more adaptable and un-intrusive has led to some interesting developments in the solar energy industry. One of these is the stick and peel solar panels developed by Stanford University researchers.
With Rawlemon however, the total design of solar energy devices is being changed and only the future will tell if these devices will live up to its hype and functionality to eventually replace the traditional flat solar panels as we know them now.
Andre Broessel explains that Rawlemon uses a big spherical shaped lens and collects diffused light from many angles as compared to the single angle collection employed by traditional flat panels. The orb collects and focuses the light into one fine light beam, much like how a magnifying glass works.
This enables the orb to project a larger amount of sunlight (measured at approximately 70% more) as compared to the current photovoltaic panels, even when focused on the correct angle.
This increased amount in energy collection also enables Broessel to make the orbs smaller and less intrusive. He adds that the orbs can be reduced to as much as 1% of the size of the traditional flat photovoltaic panel systems and still deliver the same amount of energy.
Rawlemon is an ongoing project in Indiegogo and will last up to the 1st of March 2014.
?Investors? in the Indiegogo site are required to shell out at least US$ 6,000 Dollars. For those who cannot afford the complete system, you can still support Rawlemon by trying out a miniature Rawlemon mobile phone charger for US$ 489 Dollars.
Will Rawlemon eventually replace the traditional flat solar panel systmes in the future?
What do you think?
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