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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 02:56 PM

IBM’s solar concentrator can produce energy, clean water and AC

Lucas Mearian Computerworld Sep 24, 2014


An artist's rendition of what the solar concentrators will look like. Credit: IBM, Airlight

IBM Research and Switzerland-based Airlight Energy today announced a new parabolic dish that increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times while also producing fresh water and air conditioning.

The new Concentrator PhotoVoltaics (CPV) system uses a dense array of water-cooled solar chips that can convert 80% of the sun's radiation into useful energy...

...Because the sun's rays are concentrated onto an array of PV chips, the array needs to be cooled to remain within operating temperatures. The water-filled radiator system that does that also creates hot water that can be used in other ways, such as space heating and air conditioning through an absorption chiller.



The hot water can then be used in an attached desalination system that creates drinkable water by passing itwater through a Gortex-like membrane...
MORE: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2687236/ibms-solar-concentrator-can-produce-energy-clean-water-and-ac.html


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Response to nationalize the fed (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:10 PM

1. Fantastic! Be great if there was a mini version.......

 

The CPV system is not suitable for rooftop use, as it weighs about 10 tons and is 47 yards square; instead, systems could help power shopping malls or commercial centers, hotels and resorts.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:21 PM

3. yes. I want a small one too.

 

There was a small company in australia, I think, that was working on a small version of this concept. I don't know what came of it. The device was called the sun cube or something like that. It was 1 sq m I think.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:11 PM

2. And these applications will be commercialized ...

 

just as soon as industry figures out a way to make sun light a scarce resource.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:33 PM

4. And if the people allow that to happen

then they get what they deserve.

We're a republic (at least we were) and the People are in charge (at least they were)

meanwhile the people of the US have allowed trillions to be stolen from them by a MIC Completely out of control.

V said it and he was right:

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