Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Solar in the Round

Solyndra is breaking new ground in the rooftop solar market. The company claims its cylindrical solar tubes can produce more energy by capturing light from all angles. The comapny plans to roll them out in 2009.

Renewable Energy comments:

"Solyndra's technology is a copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS)-based thin-film PV system. The company said that its system invloves rolling CIGS thin-films into a cylindrical shape and then placing 40 of the cylinders into a 1-meter-by-2-meter panel. Solyndra is currently shipping its systems, comprised of panels and mounting hardware, to fulfill more than US $1.2 billion of multi-year contracts with customers in Europe and the United States. The panels' cylindrical modules could be capable of capturing sunlight across a 360° photovoltaic surface and are capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity. "