Solar Foil

5 September 2008 at 0:05 | Posted in Green Energy, Green Initiatives, Ideas, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Power | Leave a comment
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[Category: Ideas. If you are new to my blog please read the “About itimes3” page first]

This is merely an idea, although there are so many initiatives under way globally in the field of solar energy that this will hopefully be a reality sooner rather than later.

Imagine a roll of bitumen roofing, the type of thick “black paper” that is rolled out onto flat roofs and “glued” to the roof my partially melting the material using a burner of some sort.

Now imagine a similar type and size of roll, but the material is metallic. The roll gets deployed in much the same fashion, and will probably be glued to the roof, possibly using a “sticky” reverse side, which can be exposed by removing a protective cover, and the glue of which would be waterproof and withstand prolonged outdoor use.

The material is Solar Foil, a type of material that acts like one big solar cell (in fact, it will probably be using masses of small solar cells on its surface, or even nano-technology based material).

Below the surface of the material there will be a mesh of conductive channels, where the power that is generated accumulates.

To “tap” the power generated by the solar foil, a simple connector is connected to any part of the mesh of conductive channels (at the side of a sheet of the foil), and attached to a device that can store and/or standardize the power.

This structure makes it possible to cut the Solar Foil into any required size (ideally it should be possible to cut it with strong normal scissors), and as long as the mesh of different sheets of Solar Foil is connected at least at one location, the entire surface covered with connected sheets of Solar Foil will act as one large single solar cell.

It will be possible to use this material on roofs and sides of buildings, on roofs of vehicles, and on most other surfaces outside, flat or curved, as long as the material can be stuck onto it.

If the material is sufficiently sensitive, it could also be used indoors – for example I could have a sheet of it somewhere on my desk (for example hanging off the back of my computer monitor, facing artificial or natural light) and it could be used to recharge my cell phone. Similar uses could be thought of in the home, where it could be used to recharge sets of rechargable batteries, for example.

If you like this idea and you work in a type of industry where this is relevant, I would be happy to discuss in more detail, answer questions or assist in other ways. For details and contact information please see the “About itimes3” page.

George Spark

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