Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs

Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs

Solar panels that use microtracking technology to almost double the yield achieved by current sun-powered technology have been developed by a start-up offshoot of Switzerland’s EPFL. Jim Drury reports.

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20 thoughts on “Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs”

  1. Not sure about this, I need to hear from an expert on solar panels. There have been too many bs breakthroughs in recent years.

  2. How about a domed lenses with fiber optic technology to direct the photons squarely at the solar cells thus achieving direct energy no matter the position of the sun in the sky..

  3. The lenses may work great on a sunny day, but what happens on a cloudy day? When the light source is now spread right across the sky, how will the lenses work?

  4. VERY misleading. sounds like the efficiency of the photovoltaic has been improved, but that's not the case at all. just a gimmicky fix, and as pointed out by other commenters, has many potential drawbacks, such as inefficiency in diffuse light (cloudy day), plastic lenses susceptible to surface degradation and scattering, shortened life of the actual photovoltaic, etc.

  5. WTF! How did this not get busted already? Thunderf00t needs to bust this one too.
    Without tilting, or increasing area you can't achieve higher energy from the same panel. The purpose of tilting towards the sun is to maximize surface area. No way around that when all else is the same.

  6. How durable are they? Will they hold up under Sleet and hail, or very high winds with FOD blowing around? Efficiency is a great thing to push for, but you have to couple that with the increased cost, new maintenance cost, durability, effective market saturation, and overall price to performance.

  7. more efficient BUT, the motors will break in about a year (then the cells will not get any light), the molded bubbles will build up dirt between the ridges… then add the weight and additional issue brought up by all those moving parts and the system will not last but a few months… nice idea, but not in practice.

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