New Shapes for Solar Panels

Till recently, flat panels have been the dominant format In the history of solar-harvesting technologies. However, scientists and manufacturers are constantly exploring novel formats that will exhibit certain benefits over flat panels.

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Barcelona-based Rawlemon has developed a technology called β.Torics that uses large, fluid-filled glass spheres to harness sunlight. The company claims that this technology can concentrate sunlight up to 10,000 times, increasing energy efficiency by 35% over conventional photovoltaic technologies. Although still in the prototype stage, β.Torics suggests new building-integration possibilities, such as bulbous curtain walls or bubble-shaped rooftop collection systems.

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to Rawlemon’s website

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