Solar Panel supercharger Fresnel Lens

Solar Panel supercharger Fresnel Lens

Lens boosting the power of a solar panel by using a Fresnel and doubling the solar sunlight reaching the panels. The lens does build heat on the solar panel surface.

18 Comments on “Solar Panel supercharger Fresnel Lens”

  1. Good video's, I'd like to know why the kids at school are enjoying and learning about some of this fairly simple science.

  2. your better off using lower powered bulbs and a Fresnel lens to bring the output brighter to scatter the lights with a reflector to light a larger area. the lens would have to track sunlight as it moves to give a constant output. this would raise the cost and lower its output driving the motors to move it. yes it might be more power but is it worth the extra cost?

  3. Ever tried making a fully functional Solar globe much like that of Pitch Black movie. cause that rotating Fresnel lens/ mirror globe over a series parallel photovoltaic cell would be interesting.

  4. Maybe, in cooler climates, those would be fine without a cooling system…except during summers..heck, we clocked 108F. one summer, in the South Sound area of WA.
    Gotta wonder what kind of solar PV is used with the parabolic mirrors in places like Israel, where temps can be way over 100F…those are serious cookers!

  5. Somebody, around 10 years back..maybe early 2000's? DID make panels, in the Pacific NW, which combined a sealed water panel behind the solar PV panel, to cool the panel [which itself helps boost efficiency a bit], and, to make hot water for the house or pool connected to the water. It may have been a sheet of something, to allow a sheet of water to directly heat up behind the PV.
    Those kinda dropped out of sight….always wondered what happened to them….seemed like a grand idea, IF the water never leaked and ruined the PV panels.

  6. +GREENPOWERSCIENCE Hi, Hope you don't mind an update to an older conversation. In short, what is the practical application, assuming all problems related to maintaining focus and cooling are solved? For example, would this realistically double the output of solar panels, without a reason to avoid doing it (wears them out faster, etc)? Thanks.

  7. there are ways of dealing with the thermal issues from using a fresnel lens but that's only the first issue solved. The lens being at a distance to the pannel results in the focus point moving in relation to the pannel over the day. A solar tracker is needed to compensate this (moveable array). then you will have a decent boost in power production.
    Has anyone seen any other examples of fresnel lens pimped solar?

  8. Liquid Submerged Solar Panels + Fresnel Lens.  Liquid will dissipate the heat and amplify the power of the Fresnel lens even more.

  9. Like eye glasses or camera lenses, there are more or less powerful fresnel lenses. Using the least powerful could be a start, especially since they cost much less than powerful ones…

  10. Damn it, I thought I had something! Oh well. It's nice to see that it works though. As far as overheating, that may not be an issue in a place with cold weather 365 days a year. So one solution could be to move to Alaska, for example! Just make sure to "utlra-weatherize" your home. That would be an ideal setting for a business that needs to be cold inside too though, like a computer data center. Just leave doors wide open! I wonder how much land costs in remote areas of Alaska…

  11. You could amplify the light without the heat by creating a side box design. Think of those TV glasses you can buy. If the screens were right in front of your eye, you wouldn't be able to focus, so there are set to the side and reflected to the front increasing the distance. A side box with the fresnel lens would take the light and bounce it toward the panel. In theory the panel wouldn't even need to be exposed to the elements or the sun.

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