This is a cross post from my other blog, Bleecker Mountain Life.
I've been calculating our planned home's energy needs. What I've come up with is a need for 50 245 watt solar panels. That's a lot of panels, and a lot of real estate. I remember reading about new technology last fall, but for the life of me I couldn't remember the name of it. Well, I found it. It's V3Solar.
One problem with flat solar panels is that they're rarely optimally positioned unless you have an expensive tracking system. The performance of photovoltaics also decreases with heat. V3Solar has come up with an ingenious way around both of these problems, and are claiming their system yields an astounding 20 times more energy from the same number of cells.
Rather than me describing it, watch this video. Prepare to be amazed.
If it's truly 20 times more efficient, that means that I'd need 20 times less panels. I could get by with three of these. They even have "trees" to mount these things on to take up less space.
Probably scare the crap out of the chickens, though. And my neighbors in Bleecker would think aliens moved in.
Now, think of applying this technology to your boat? Mounting big, flat solar panels is a problem. Instead, you could mount a small one of these along with all the rest of the crap on the back of your sailboat, or on the upper deck of your trawler.