Solar Cogeneration Panels Could Triples the Energy Yield

By on June 2nd, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:23

pvt-solar_3_znkli_69PVT Solar s pioneering a technology that take the heat generated by the solar panels and use it to power a solar thermal system.According to the PVT Solar , these solar cogeneration panels are three times more efficient than anything else out there.

The company is funded by Vinod Koshla, the founder of Sun Microsystems. According to a profile on the New York Times, what drew Mr. Koshla to the company was the remarkable achievement in efficiency that the company was able to generate.

Standard photovoltaic systems generate electrical energy from the sun, while solar thermal systems takes heat from the sun to heat something, like water, for consumption within a home. PVT Solar is aiming to marry both systems into one, since photovoltaic systems are known to release excess heat that isn’t used.

Aside from taking waste heat and giving it an actual use, this combination would also have the added benefit of making the solar panel cooler, which in turn would make it more efficient, thus generating more energy. PVT Solar is the latest company to commercialize solar cogeneration technology, and is the first to really consider deploying a system for residential use.

Source: Inhabitat


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One Response to “Solar Cogeneration Panels Could Triples the Energy Yield”

  1. miggs says:

    June 2nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Solar cogen is a wonderful development, particularly since cogen is already in common use at manufacturing plants and other large institutions around the country. Still, it could be used far more, as DOE and EPA estimates suggest that cogeneration and waste energy recovery could slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. That’s as much as if we took every passenger vehicle off the road.

    To be sure, I’m biased: I’m associated with Recycled Energy Development, which does precisely this kind of work. But the reason I’m involved is the massive potential to cut costs and global warming at the same time.

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