“Sunflower” solar concentrator can produce energy and drinking water

IBM and American companies to establish cooperation between the air light energy companies, the latest development of a solar concentrator sunflower shape, and it can generate electricity can produce drinking water desalination. This dual-use equipment to better cope with water shortages in hot climates.

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Scientists developed a shape similar to the sunflower latest solar concentrator

Manufacture of electrical energy using the sun is not a new thing, at present, the U.S. company has established partnerships with IBM aerial light energy company, the latest development of a solar concentrator sunflower appearance, but it can generate electricity can produce drinking water desalination. This dual-use equipment to better cope with water shortages in hot climates.

The appearance of the equipment sunflower called “high-intensity photovoltaic thermal systems (HCPVT)”, each “sunflower” is the disc-shaped structure consists of 36 parabolic recyclable plastic mirror composed of silver, which mirrors focus the sun’s rays in the photovoltaic chip on, can collect 80% of the available sunlight into energy.

Each chip can be manufactured in a sunny 57 watts of power, the whole system can produce 12 kilowatts of electricity and 20 kilowatts of heat, the energy is sufficient to supply several families.

When the chip becomes hot, the scientists added a cooling fluid through the microchannel system that will carry heat transfer, thus avoiding overheating of photovoltaic panels. After a series of modified design, the system can also produce freshwater.

IBM company pointed out that when the brine through the porous film distillation system, the liquid evaporates and desalination will be a day per square meter processing system can produce 30-40 liters of drinking water, equivalent to the average per capita consumption of drinking water, the installation of a large multi- discoid system can provide enough water for a town.

Meanwhile, a large transparent enclosure device will protect the “Sunflower” energy system to avoid birds flying above the hot area of ​​the system when it is burned.

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