James C. Townsend, Ph.D., World Harmony Organization; Genei, Inc.; Sigma Xi; DrJCTown@cox.net
Francis C. W. Fung, Ph.D., World Harmony Organization; Genei, Inc.; firstname.lastname@example.org
posted October 29, 2009
Abstract: This paper describes innovations which are aimed at “overcoming the implementation lag” in solar energy commercialization within the utility industry. Existing sustainable solar energy technologies have been shown to be “good enough” for electrical utility generation; however, to promote their widespread adoption, they must be made more economical than non-sustainable fossil-fuel generators. New advances in solar thermal concentration for generation by Stirling engine technology, perhaps combined with thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, promise to reduce the cost of electrical power generation below that from natural gas powered generators. The solar concentrator is a large parabolic dish made up of a number of mirror panels, as in previous technology. The innovation is that the panels consist of many identical, interlocking, metallic flat-plate reflector elements. This construction provides many advantages. The recent advent of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology gives rise to a new “see-through” application — the combination of concentrator and PV technologies. This white paper discusses the possibilities and advantages to be gained through these innovations.