Solar powerPosted: May 13, 2008
Two interesting sites that I came across today – one of them not much more than a catalogue, but useful nonetheless – both pertaining to solar power.
The first one, the ‘catalogue’, is a simple illustration of teh kinds of materials you can easily obtain to produce clean energy for household consumption. Both wind and solar generators are represented, together with the simple appliances that can store the generated energy and tie the larger power grid to your generator (for still, cloudy days). I read somewhere of a scheme here in Melbourne, Australia, where communities got together to bulk-purchase just this kind of hardware. Sharing the costs, and taking advantage of some rebates available from the government, makes this an increasingly appealing option as prices continue to drop.
The second site reports on a design concept that won 1st Prize in the International Design Awards ‘Land and Sea’ category. I love this one: solar cells that look like giant water-lilies spread out along the River Clyde in Glasgow. I’m sure, if this ever got off the ground and past prototype stage, that it could be a great way to supplement the generation of power for populated areas close to large bodies of water. The pads rotate to remain facing the sun and the cooling effect of the water maintains the efficiency of the solar cells even when they get very hot. Brilliant work!