SWISS SOLAR SUNFLOWERS
Solar Sunflower: Harnessing '5,000 Suns'; Through a combination of photovoltaic and thermal powers, Airlight Energy and IBM was able to develop a technology that can harvest solar energy with 80 percent efficiency.
Chris Loterina, September 1, 2015 (Headlines and Global News)
“…Swiss company Airlight Energy recently unveiled Solar Sunflower, which] can tap the sun's energy through a combination of advanced photovoltaic solar and concentrated thermal powers. The project, which is developed in partnership with IBM, was originally announced in 2014. The ‘Sunflower’ is made of 30-foot dishes operating on the so-called Highly Efficient Concentrated Photovoltaic/Thermal or HCPVT…[The cutting edge technology is]…capable of concentrating the sunrays into energy equivalent to that of about 5,000 suns, according to [Airlight]…The Solar Sunflower, like plants, is cooled by pumping water into its veins…[But rather] than release the hot liquid coolant as waste energy, Solar Sunflower uses it as thermal energy, heating homes and driving industrial processes…” click here for more