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Alternative Energy-Solar Energy - Exactly what are Solar Balloons?
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Last year an original concept...
While solar balloons show promise being a photovoltaic implementation there are some concerns
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  1. 1. Alternative Energy-Solar Energy - Exactly what are Solar Balloons? Energy consumption meters Last year an original concept in renewable energy won the "Forward Thinking" award within the RE:VOLT Electrifying Ideas competition. The thing that was this new concept? Solar balloons put together by Israeli scientists Joseph Cory and Dr. Pini Gurfil for Sun Hope. What are Solar Balloons? EN1434 and RHI compliant meters Historically the word "solar balloon" has referred to simple black balloons that were full of air. According to Wikipedia, "as sunlight shines on the balloon, mid-air inside is heated and expands, causing an upward buoyancy force, much like an artificially-heated heat balloon. Some solar balloons are big enough for human flight, but usage is bound for the toy market as the surface- area to payload-weight ratio is rather high." As technology evolves, terminology evolves too. The title of "solar balloon" may also reference a balloon like "platform" made up of embedded photovoltaic arrays or solar arrays as a way to convert solar panel technology into electrical energy. In the matter of the Joseph Cory and Dr. Pini Gurfil's Sun Hope design we view a lighter-than-air helium filled fabric balloon because the platform or base. Each fabric balloon is stuck just using the bottom with two cables - one for helium refills, one other for passing generated electricity into a cpanel. Sun Hope isn't alone inside their hunt for a cost effective, functional solar balloon design. Another solar balloon design emanates from Cool Earth Solar. Cool Earth Solar uses plastic balloons that are suspended on wires. To get a visual, make a 2 meter wide mylar balloon. These plastic balloons likewise have concentrated solar photovoltaics where light is magnified onto solar panels to increase electricity generation output. A typical concern about solar balloons is their capability to remain true in high wind environments, based on Cool Earth Solar, their system can withstand wind speeds all the way to 100 miles per hour.
  2. 2. While solar balloons show promise being a photovoltaic implementation there are some concerns to be noted. These concerns however, aren't any unique of those found with medium to large wind power installations. Depending upon the size and location of installation you can ought to consider things like air traffic regulations and potential bird collisions. Solar balloons provide impressive value in isolated, off-grid locations in addition to temporary portable power supplies. In situations honestly, solar balloons give a option to escaping a fossil fuel dependency. Concentrating Solar energy Both in of samples of solar balloons, the efficiency of the photovoltaic cells are improved by concentrating solar power (CSP). Based on the US Doe, "concentrating solar power's relatively affordable and ability to deliver power in times of peak demand - when and where we'd like it - imply that it's really a major cause of the country's future needs for distributed options for energy." Concentrating solar power system work through the use of mirrors and other reflective surfaces to intensify the energy in the sun with a specific point. This energy energy can help the efficiency of solar cells. Based on Cool Earth Solar, "multi-junction, high efficiency cells produced by satellite technology allow CPV systems to generate the same volume of electricity as traditional lcd PV systems while using the up to 500 times less solar panel material." With diminishing supplies of recycleables necessary to manufacture photovoltaic cells, concentrating solar power provides more energy with less garbage. While today solar balloons are a new technology, in the future they are often a strategy to curing our nation of it's attachment to classic fuels. The Cool Earth team recently received $21 million they will intend to use to build a 10 megawatt plant utilizing their solar balloon technology. Due to forward thinking, environmentally conscious investors, a solar balloon based solar energy plant can be a reality within the next couple of years, someday it could even power your house.