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Old 12-08-2010, 13:58   #1
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News: How to Make the Most of Solar Power (Increase Your Panel Efficiency)

Just came across this in news and thought people here might be interested:

"The new FUSION film, embossed with microstructures that bend sunlight, may be installed like a sticker on panels already in use, improving by up to 10 percent the amount of sunlight that solar panels convert into electricity. What it does is another variation of concentrating sun light."

Sounds interesting. No opinions though as I don't know price or anybody tried it.

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Now THAT is cool! Who knows how it will hold up, but 4% - 12% improvement is amazing. See here too: GenieLens Homepage They claim field installed film is around $.10 a Watt!
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As solar power available is a function of panel area and panel efficiency, how exactly, does this product increase the area of a solar panel available for solar collection?

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I read the article, and I have a hard time understanding/believing that this technology would live up to it's claims. On a moving boat, it's impossible to track the sun perfectly for maximum panel output, and I would like to see how this technology works for a yacht at sea - if it really makes that much difference in output when the yacht is bouncing up and down in all directions. Maybe this technology works for a stable land-based installation, but at sea I have my doubts.
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