Japan’s Smart Solar International has developed a different type of solar energy collection technology that can be produced at a lower cost because it uses less silicon. The device features rows of small sun tracking mirrors that reflect the energy back to a tube that is packed with high performance solar cells. The tube heats up to an optimum level and produces electricity as well as heats water with the excess energy..
The start-up company is planning production of these new unnamed sun tracking devices in August in Japan. The Japanese government has conducted a major policy review after the earthquake of March 11th and has decided to promote solar power as well as other alternative energy methods, not surprisingly.
Smart Solar International’s Takashi Tomita says “We must send our product to the (disaster) regions first. I want to ship this as early as possible to convenience stores and to other facilities where people congregate.”
Tomita also said the company has plans to develop markets for this technology in southern Asia as well as India and the Middle East.
More details at Australia’s The Telegraph.
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