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373RE: [AMBIENTENERGY] Re: RE: Re: Minto / Solar / Thermoelectric

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  • kirk
    Jan 8, 2002
      The goo they encapsulate the cells with that bonds to the glass is what
      turns brown. I am told it is not UV stable.
      Becomes a bigger problem with concentrators.

      You dropped a zero. You should see about 130 watts/m^2

      If you shop you can buy for less than $5 a watt and if you got a dealership
      maybe $4 a watt?

      I thought flip the panel over and use 2 reflectors below. No hail damage can
      be done to panel that way.
      Maybe put glass in front of panel for uv filtering.
      Lose 10-15% of the light but since you are concentrating anyway and
      reflector is cheaper than panel it might be OK to do.
      Leave a space between back of panel and protective cover. Colder the panel
      the more the output.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Charles Ford [mailto:cjford1@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2002 12:20 PM
      To: AMBIENTENERGY@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [AMBIENTENERGY] Re: RE: Re: Minto / Solar / Thermoelectric

      --- kirk <kirk@...> wrote:
      > >It would be
      > interesting to compare the power output on a sq.foot
      > by sq.foot basis, against a PV panel.
      > You can calculate it.
      > The Minto wheel will NOT pay for itself.
      > That is why it was given away.
      > Build a 100 watt wheel and solar collector to drive it.
      > You will see what I mean.

      Last time I looked Si solar PV arrays were going for about
      $6.40/W Efficiency pushing 15% (range 13.5% to 14.7%)

      These Si PVs can tolerate up to about 5X solar exposure... So
      if you are interested in making a basic tracker and using solar

      concentrators you can get out for cheap (will still only
      extract an average of about 13W/m^2

      But even then the Solar equipment is barely able to make costs
      over its life span.

      I have been working with a local shop that does nationwide
      legacy computer servicing. These folks are GREAT and making
      things that
      don't work any more work again good as new. They want to set
      up a solar array recycling/referbishing center here in Fort

      Anybody know where I can get my hands on the old week and dead

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