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Nishan Yihalem

on 15 December 2015

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German Architect Andre Broessel's company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station. Basically “squeezing more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions.
How it works
The beta.ray comes with a hybrid collector to convert daily electricity and thermal energy at the same time. While reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with the equivalent power output by using an ultra transmission Ball Lens point focusing concentrator, it operates at efficiency levels of nearly 57% in hybrid mode. At nighttime the Ball Lens can transform into a high-power lamp to illuminate a certain location, simply by using a few LED’s. The station is designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.
The modular collector system charges and stores energy during daylight hours and can even collect energy from the moon during night hours.
Can charge Electric Cars.
Full environmental integration, with the lowest possible weather impact,
Designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.
Easy to transport and install
frame holds a security protection panel behind the collector.
The transparent sphere is able collect and concentrate diffuse where traditional devices cannot and as well as providing an efficiency boost, they can be used in far more locations than their flat, fixed counterparts.
By concentrating the sun’s light in one area, the Rawlemon design reduces the solar cell surface required to just 1 percent of that required by a traditional panel.

If it's solid glass it would take months to cool to keep from cracking due to liquid(molten) center.
Once this object is made it's potential and workload is optimal.
could require a wipe down once in a while.
The price and ecological-energy cost to produce this marvel could be extremely expensive.
When you start having curved glass at that size you run the major risk of it cracking or warming under its own weight, and when the smallest warp ruins its effectiveness to focus light you have to handle with extreme care.
My Thoughts
Even though there are obvious advantages and disadvantages to this technology, I generally think it's a great idea and overall helps with our quickly increasing global energy crisis. I can truly appreciate the thought and engineering behind this. I would like to see how it functions in "Real-Life" applications in Building Construction and their related Electrical Systems.

Generally, i think any technology that will help with global warming and environmental issues are great so i don't have any bad things to say about this specific invention. Even though it will cost a lot of money to create and engineer, I think any kind of money will be worth the pro's that come with it. I'm happy with all these inventions because the environmental crisis we're facing are extremely serious and need all the attention we can give it; after all, we do live on the planet that could eventually get extinct.
The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation.

Energy Crisis

The energy crisis is a result of many different aspects on our natural resources, not just one. There is a strain on fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal due to over consumption – which then in turn can hurt our water and oxygen resources by causing pollution.
Another cause for an energy crisis is the steady grow in the population of the world. No matter what kinds of food one buys; whether its organic or not, none of them are made or transported without the use of energy and thus wasting energy.
In most parts of the world, people don't realize the amount of energy they are wasting. They also don't realize the importance of conserving energy.

Unless we give it all a serious thought and everyone out there works together to change the way they are living their everyday lives, thing's aren't going to change anytime soon. Simple things like turning fans and lights off when they're not in use, using maximum day light, walking or riding bikes to short distances instead of driving, etc.. can go a long way.
Energy Crisis
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