Cone shaped spinning solar cells generates 20 times more electricity than flat solar panels. Every now and then a design comes along that just turns he whole world upside down with a claim so fantastic it’s hard to believe. But yes, from everything we’ve been able to find on this device, this the real deal. It’s a conical shaped collection of photovoltaic cells arranged in an angular array. The array is designed to be the most efficient way to capture the sun’s energy. In traditional solar arrays with flat panels, one must adjust the angle of the solar panels individually. This design takes advantage of a conical shape which is conducive to collecting maximum sunlight from any angle at any time of year. It’s truly a revolutionary design, and one that apparently works 20 times better than traditional flat panel solar photovoltaics.
How Does it Work?
Here is the full text from their website:
The Spin Cell™ is constructed of a conical shaped outer lens concentrator that provides efficient light concentration at a consistent focal width and focal range. Due to the patent pending conical shape, by design the Spin Cell™ captures the optimum amount of sunlight during daylight hours eliminating the need for solar tracking and increasing electricity output.
The lens concentrators are made up of a series of interlocking rings that connect to each other. The bubble lenses produce substantial concentration of available light, which effectively sweep over the moving PV. The lenses can be produced in a range of sizes to suit a variety of market needs reducing costs associated with developing Spin Cells™ with different power outputs.
Extreme heat normally associated with light concentration onto static PV material is avoided by the PV cycling in and out of the concentrated bands of light through the Dynamic Spin™.
The revolutions per minute are precisely timed and automatically adjusted to take in enough sunlight to sustain photovoltaic segment light saturation at peak threshold, and reduce the heat of the PV by rotating it in and out of direct sunlight. The solar industry has long known that concentrated lensing can dramatically increase electricity production. However, because the magnification focused on one static point continuously, the intense heat could burn holes in standard PV, or generate such high temperatures that the PV becomes inoperable, an effect similar to holding your hand beneath a magnifying glass. The Spin Cell™ enjoys the benefits of the concentrated light without the destructive issues of the intense heat. The problem of strong winds that has impacted flat panels is mitigated due to the low wind sheer from the conical shape of the Spin Cell™. This is another key advantage over the traditional flat PV panels that require structural reinforcements to protect against the wind. The Spin Cell™ will use existing PV materials, keeping the price low and availability of key components easily accessible. Additionally, by providing the existing PV supply chain with a new source of revenue, market acceptance is expected to be rapid and enthusiastic.
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“V3Solar has invented, and is now in the process of commercializing, the first major change to flat panel PV technology in over 50 years – the V3 Spin Cell. For too long, the world believed solar was flat,” V3Solar writes.
“Using specialized lensing and a rotating, conical shape, the Spin Cell can concentrate the sunlight 30X onto one sun mono PV with no heat degradation. This increases the Power Density while lowering the Total Cost of Ownership and Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), which is estimated to be $.08/kWh for the Spin Cell (see spreadsheet).” ~ CleanTechnica
CleanTechnica’s article is the most in depth article on V3 Solar’s new prototype solar system. So check it out. It’s an exclusive interview and technical piece complete with charts and graphs detailing the specs of this machine.
Revolutionary is one of the best words we can use to describe the Spin Cell, and we don’t use the word lightly.
If you’re looking for the future of solar energy, this might just be it.
Editor’s Note: This is not just a design. According to Inhabitat, V3 Solar has manufactured a prototype of the Spin Cell and had it independently tested and confirmed that it did produce the amount of energy claimed.