Energy from moonlight?

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
It looks pretty cool, but it seems to just be an awesome magnifying glass.
Nothing wrong with it, they don't seem to be claiming anything more than that it's a really good light focuser.
The 'energy from moonlight' line just seems to be how good it is at focusing light, so a low light source can be turned into a usable one. They don't seem to have worked on how to turn that light into usable energy yet.
Not much information on the website. Just seems to be a promising improvement.
"Thermal applications"? Maybe creating steam for a turbine?
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
A page discussing whether solar panels can turn moonlight into energy.

http://www.wisegeek.org/is-it-possible-for-solar-panels-to-charge-in-the-moonlight.htm


This comment below the main article gives some numbers...
I guess if you times that .8 watts by the claimed 10 000 increase, you would get 8000 watts?

The advantage of a clear sphere means it doesn't need to turn to face the sun, but it seems it would overheat any solar panel underneath it pretty quickly.

(unrelated)
Why is turning water to steam the preferred method for driving a turbine? Aren't there substances with a lower boiling point that would require less energy to heat to turn into gas? Will they not have enough pressure (lower density)?
 

jaydeehess

Senior Member.
Just guessing but, Water is a plentiful, well understood, and inexpensive liquid that causes no environmental issues if spilled.
 
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