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Sunflower solar panels provide electricity & heat to remote locations

20 October 2014

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Airlight energy and IBM research have announced plans to bring affordable sunflower-shaped solar panels that provide remote locations with electricity and heat, to the market by 2017. 

As a branch of airlight, dsolar’s “high concentration photovoltaic thermal” (HCPVT) system concentrates the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and converts 80% of it into useful resources. The 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20kw of heat generated is enough to supply several average homes, which makes it ideal for those in isolated areas.

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Keywords: sunflower, energy, solar, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology, sustainable

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