Mohammadreza Golzari

Mohammadreza Golzari

Electrical Engineering PHD student at Tehran University
Mohammadreza is a real computer geek and also energy efficiency lover. His favorite hobby is coding on MATLAB. :)
Mohammadreza Golzari

Newest Development in Solar Technology May Entirely Change the Game: Spin Cells

Newest Development in Solar Technology May Entirely Change the Game: Spin Cells

According to Solar Power Rocks, a typical solar panel can produce approximately 320 watts of electricity (as of 2020). Imagine if there is a device that can generate over 20 times more power than that typicalpanel. Thanks to V3Solar, this kind of device is now a reality.

The V3Solar Spin Cell is perhaps one of the most notable innovations in solar technology to date. It is reported to yield more than 20 times more energy than a flat panel—putting a new spin on photovoltaics (PV) efficiency.

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What is a V3Solar Spin Cell?

Your mental picture of solar PV modules is probably that of solar panels. They usually look flat and static—quietly absorbing sunlight and converting it into energy. V3Solar has overturned this perception of photovoltaic technology with the invention of a spin cell.

V3Solar’s spin cell solar panel is a spinning conical device. The photovoltaic material in these solar cones are organizedin an angulate array, hence the cone-like shape. The cone shape and spinning capabilities allow level-best exposure to sunbeams from any perspective. This makes spin cell solar more effective than their flat and steady counterparts.

The Conception of V3Solar Spin Cell

Energy researchers have been earnestly seeking ways to boost the efficiency of solar cells. Hoping to acquire more electricity, they have tried using mirrors or lenses in an effort to get the sun’s energy todirectly penetrate solar cells. However, thishas only damaged the cells because the process produces too much heat energy (1).

V3Solar has adopted the same concept and improved it to avoid the excess heat. To do this, V3Solar technologists collaborated with industrial design team Nectar Design. They attached the solar cells toa spinning platform. Since the platform is circumvolving, each solar cell merely acquires additional heat for a very short time. Each cell then cools off as the platform gyrates. Because of this design, the device was then dubbed the“spin cell solar.”

The luminescent solar concentrators form what seems like an external skin. This creates a hermetically sealed environment for the photovoltaic cells. The cone can be found on a plinth of electromagnets, which move because of the sun’s energy. You will be amazed by the almost friction-free twirling of the device.

According to V3Solar’s website, placing a 20x solar concentration on a flat and steady panel can result in temperatures that reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit instantaneously. The high heat will then dissolve the solder in ten seconds, leading the PV to fail. However, the temperature never exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit when the very same 20x solar concentration is placed on the solar cone.

Bill Rever, a solar energy expert, wrote a review of the V3Solar Spin Cell. In his review, he explains,

Overall, V3Solar appears to have a concept that can carve out a solid place in the solar and overall electricity market and is pursuing a sound strategy in examining and understanding the details of the technology to provide the best possible initial design (2).

Unique Benefits of the Solar Cones

The design of the V3Solar Spin Cell has some unique benefits, including (3):

  • Due to the revolving movement, a “strobe” effect happens. This means that the photovoltaic cells let out electrons more quickly than usual and produce more electricity.
  • There are special optics that are set around the PV cells. These parts are made to protect the solar cells, but they also function to expand the solar radiation that enters the device. This will then allow the PV cells to absorb sun-power more efficiently.
  • The device can create an alternating current (ac) output without the help of a traditional inverter.
  • The V3Solar Spin Cell can support itself. You don’t need to use a rack to mount the device as it can be connecteddirectly to poles, ground screws, or other ideal foundations.

Indeed, a spin cell solar has changed the game in the solar industry. These spin cell solar panels look better and are more efficient than traditional flat panels that we often see.

V3Solar hopes that the device will reduce the “total cost of ownership of solar farms” because of the reduced physical footprint of the V3Solar Spin Cell. This can result in more economically feasible solar energy-related projects shortly.

Before you dive in and get this, it’s a good idea to determine if solar energy is right for you.

Learn more tips on saving energy via YourEnergyBlog.com.

  1. https://phys.org/news/2012-10-v3solar-photovoltaic-cell-electricity-flat.html

  2. http://v3solar.com/technology/technical-review-by-bill-rever/
  3. http://www.edouardstenger.com/2012/10/26/v3solars-spin-cell-20-times-efficiency-flat-solar-panels/

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Mohammadreza is a real computer geek and also energy efficiency lover. His favorite hobby is coding on MATLAB. :)
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5 Simple Ways to Determine if Solar Energy is Right for You

5 Simple Ways to Determine if Solar Energy is Right for You

Solar energy is one of the most prominent alternative sources of energy, and experts predict the solar energy market will experience a record 14% growth in 2020 (1).

Unfortunately, solar energy is not for everyone. Different locations necessitate different configurations, and in some areas, solar energy might not reap many benefits. Read on to find out the five most important factors you should consider before installing solar.

1. Your Energy Habits

To determine your property’s suitability for solar power, you must analyze your energy consumption. Your energy consumption determines the size of the system you will need and, consequently, the size of the initial investment.

If you spend much of your day away from home and are only in your home for a few off-peak hours, solar energy might not save you much, and may not be worth the investment.

The same logic applies to households with minimal energy requirements, regardless of time spent in the house. If, however, your energy bills are off the charts, solar power will reduce costs.

2. Where You Live

Solar panels work almost everywhere. However, they work best in areas where there is lots of sunlight. Not all places receive the same amount of sunshine, so before taking the plunge, you should look up your location’s average number of days of sun (2). This method will help you get a feel for your system’s level of productivity.

3. Your “Green” Status Currently

Many home listings these days indicate the energy efficiency of the home. If your efficiency scale is in the reds, it might be worth installing solar panels. However, if it’s in the greens, the panels may not yield as many savings as you expected.

4. Your Home’s Configuration

The layout of your home matters. Is your roof flat? Is your backyard safe and open to sunlight? Which way does your roof slant? How do these factors affect the installation of solar panels at your home?

The Style and Shape of Your Roof

You almost always mount solar panels on the roof. However, your roof style determines the number and the type of panels that you can install, and, consequently, this determines how much electricity the system will generate.

Which Way Does Your Roof Slant?

Different locations will require different roof slants for solar to be practical. For instance, in the United States, south-facing roofs are the most productive, followed by west and east-facing roofs. North slanting roofs are ruled out by many people because the sun rarely hits them right.

How Big is Your Roof?

The bigger the solar panel surface area, the more power generates. You might be able to afford lots of panels, but your roof has to be big enough to accommodate them.

What is the Angle of Your Roof?

The ideal angle is usually the same one as the latitude of your location. If your roof is flat, you should consider mounting the panels on an incline for maximum output.

Your Backyard

Your roof might be facing the wrong direction, or it is too small. So what do you do? This is where backyard panels come into play. These are more expensive than roof panels, but sometimes you don’t have a choice.

Backyard panels can be mounted on a pole, or a simple frame. Regardless of which you choose, make sure your backyard is:

  • Big enough or you won’t produce much power anyway
  • Doesn’t have obstructions such as trees or bushes
  • Out of harm’s way. Backyard panels are more likely to get damaged by stray baseballs or children poking around. Make sure your backyard is well away from any hazards.

5. Your Budget

Even the best location, roof configuration, and a green heart won’t buy the panels. There are various financing options to help lessen the load, but you should always figure this part out before opting to install panels.

Most solar panels come with a 20-year warranty, so it’s pretty much a one-time investment. If your roof needs replacing sometime down the line, it might be wiser to have it replaced before installing the panels to avoid extra costs in the future.

We do not have to wait until oil and coal run out before we exploit solar energy to its full potential.

Thomas Edison

Once upon a time, solar panels were for hippies who cared more for the environment than for their well being. This is not the case right now, and going green has become a worldwide trend for people who want to fix the earth.

References:

  1.  https://www.smart-energy.com/renewable-energy/2020-global-solar-installations-7-times-more-than-2010-solar-capacity
  2.  https://www.visualcapitalist.com/world-cities-ranked-by-average-annual-sunshine-hours

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Mohammadreza is a real computer geek and also energy efficiency lover. His favorite hobby is coding on MATLAB. :)
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5 Simple Ways to Determine if Solar Energy is Right for You

5 Simple Ways to Determine if Solar Energy is Right for You

Solar energy is one of the most prominent alternative sources of energy, and experts predict the solar energy market will experience a record 14% growth in 2020 (1).

Unfortunately, solar energy is not for everyone. Different locations necessitate different configurations, and in some areas, solar energy might not reap many benefits. Read on to find out the five most important factors you should consider before installing solar.

1. Your Energy Habits

To determine your property’s suitability for solar power, you must analyze your energy consumption. Your energy consumption determines the size of the system you will need and, consequently, the size of the initial investment.

If you spend much of your day away from home and are only in your home for a few off-peak hours, solar energy might not save you much, and may not be worth the investment.

The same logic applies to households with minimal energy requirements, regardless of time spent in the house. If, however, your energy bills are off the charts, solar power will reduce costs.

2. Where You Live

Solar panels work almost everywhere. However, they work best in areas where there is lots of sunlight. Not all places receive the same amount of sunshine, so before taking the plunge, you should look up your location’s average number of days of sun (2). This method will help you get a feel for your system’s level of productivity.

3. Your “Green” Status Currently

Many home listings these days indicate the energy efficiency of the home. If your efficiency scale is in the reds, it might be worth installing solar panels. However, if it’s in the greens, the panels may not yield as many savings as you expected.

4. Your Home’s Configuration

The layout of your home matters. Is your roof flat? Is your backyard safe and open to sunlight? Which way does your roof slant? How do these factors affect the installation of solar panels at your home?

The Style and Shape of Your Roof

You almost always mount solar panels on the roof. However, your roof style determines the number and the type of panels that you can install, and, consequently, this determines how much electricity the system will generate.

Which Way Does Your Roof Slant?

Different locations will require different roof slants for solar to be practical. For instance, in the United States, south-facing roofs are the most productive, followed by west and east-facing roofs. North slanting roofs are ruled out by many people because the sun rarely hits them right.

How Big is Your Roof?

The bigger the solar panel surface area, the more power generates. You might be able to afford lots of panels, but your roof has to be big enough to accommodate them.

What is the Angle of Your Roof?

The ideal angle is usually the same one as the latitude of your location. If your roof is flat, you should consider mounting the panels on an incline for maximum output.

Your Backyard

Your roof might be facing the wrong direction, or it is too small. So what do you do? This is where backyard panels come into play. These are more expensive than roof panels, but sometimes you don’t have a choice.

Backyard panels can be mounted on a pole, or a simple frame. Regardless of which you choose, make sure your backyard is:

  • Big enough or you won’t produce much power anyway
  • Doesn’t have obstructions such as trees or bushes
  • Out of harm’s way. Backyard panels are more likely to get damaged by stray baseballs or children poking around. Make sure your backyard is well away from any hazards.

5. Your Budget

Even the best location, roof configuration, and a green heart won’t buy the panels. There are various financing options to help lessen the load, but you should always figure this part out before opting to install panels.

Most solar panels come with a 20-year warranty, so it’s pretty much a one-time investment. If your roof needs replacing sometime down the line, it might be wiser to have it replaced before installing the panels to avoid extra costs in the future.

We do not have to wait until oil and coal run out before we exploit solar energy to its full potential.

Thomas Edison

Once upon a time, solar panels were for hippies who cared more for the environment than for their well being. This is not the case right now, and going green has become a worldwide trend for people who want to fix the earth.

References:

  1.  https://www.smart-energy.com/renewable-energy/2020-global-solar-installations-7-times-more-than-2010-solar-capacity
  2.  https://www.visualcapitalist.com/world-cities-ranked-by-average-annual-sunshine-hours

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Shayan Razaghi

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Shayan is studying power electrical engineering MSc. and working and researching generally on renewable energy systems and more specifically trying to omit the borders between conventional and renewable energy systems. He believes ideal energy systems in future will take advantage of both types and great features of each type will be developed.
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