As with any solar charging device, it is a great way to get off the grid. This one just does it better. It harnesses moonlight also!
Created by Andre Broessel, a German architect inspired by his daughter’s toy marbles, the Rawlemon design uses a spherical lens to concentrate
sunlight on a small photovoltaic panel and combines this with a dual-axis pivot that tracks the movement of the sun.
According to the designer the transparent sphere is able collect and concentrate diffuse where traditional devices cannot and as well as providing an
efficiency boost, they can be used in far more locations than their flat, fixed counterparts. It's also claimed that by concentrating the sun’s
light in one area, the Rawlemon design reduces the solar cell surface required to just 1 percent of that required by a traditional panel.
Not affected by weather, or lack of sunlight, as it can harvest the light of the moon even.
I am glad they got the ball rolling in practical applications. The fact that is ascetically pleasing to the eye should help.
Unfortunately there are groups of people that seem dead set against anything environmentally friendly to where they cringe at even talking about such
solutions. Threads that talk about such things usually experience backlash against them.
You should add the info you acquired to this thread.
Why is this better than a normal tracking panel? The only benefit I can see from concentrating light would be the size reduction of the panel itself,
but this relies on the efficiency of the panels.
Diminishing returns are reached pretty quickly with standard PV panels. I assumed this was why you never see parabolic dishes being utilized in solar
collection. On the same note, why is this sphere better than a parabolic dish? Geometrically you should be able to get more concentration in less
space (and material) with a dish.
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