This Is the Coolest Solar Energy Generator You’ve Ever Seen

August 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News


Eric Limer

This Is the Coolest Solar Energy Generator You've Ever Seen Solar panels are a great way to generate sustainable electricity. They’re not as great at looking pretty. This spherical-lens solar energy generator designed by André Broessel, on the other hand, is strikingly sleek.

By using a ball lens, and positioning it just right, Broessel was able to create a generator that’s not only awesome-looking, but also about 35% more efficient than your standard photovoltaic panel variety. When outfitted with a dual-axis sun-tracking system, smaller versions of these units can even be placed on inclined or vertical surfaces like roofs or walls.

The big unit isn’t at it’s prettiest yet—it’s just a prototype—but it’s easy to see how a lens like that could be worked into something that’s as much an art installation as it is a generator. If this catches on, the future of power could be pretty. [Design Boom via The Verge]

This Is the Coolest Solar Energy Generator You've Ever Seen

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