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Giant marble solar tracking/collection

Post in 'The Green Room' started by Adios Pantalones, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It's a hollow glass ball so it would be less expensive to produce than it looks. But it is water filled which adds a lot to the weight. And the water would need a biocide to prevent algae buildup I would think. Wonder how much heat it produces at its focal point?
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    How about a array of smaller marbles focused onto a focal plane array... Easier to manage
  4. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    The dreaded solyndra "panels" had similar self tracking characteristics. Still available for $1.50 a watt on ebay.

    It would be interesting to see the backup for how much power is being produced with moonlight.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Lacking any details on output and method of light to tricity. Put a bug underneath that thing. I wanna see something fry.
  6. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    I'm not sure there's anything to collect from moonlight, seing as its reflected light but I'm with Jags...thats a rockin bug cooker.

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