Using a Parabolic Dish, the Sky Power Solutions’ unit concentrates the power of 1,000 suns onto a focal point creating a tremendous amount of heat in addition to the electrical output generated from the Concentrating Photovoltaic cells. This recent breakthrough provides efficient heat dissipation while allowing the Photovoltaic Cells to function within a safe temperature range, and utilizes the heat output in the household water heating system.
Taking advantage of the elements of the existing unit, the Sky Power Engineering team realized that by using copper as the primary heat sink and simply splitting the heat sink to allow for electrical current flow, they could not only easily dissipate heat from the cells, they also capture the heat to provide household hot water. This also eliminated the need for very delicate electronic connections as the heat sink itself is the connection resulting in a significant enhancement relating to the anticipated life expectancy of the unit overall.
Individual Photovoltaic (PV) Cells are mounted to a Boron Nitride Ceramic insulator which is in turn mounted to a larger copper heat sink that is water cooled. Users of the Sky Power Residential Standalone unit will be able to capture the heat resulting from the concentration of solar power to provide hot water to their house, working in conjunction with the existing water heater, thereby reducing the amount of energy users need for heating water.
By mounting the cells to the heat sink in this manner, Sky Power has been able to create a modular cell that can be mounted in many different arrays with a very high packing factor, therefore getting the most energy possible from the concentrated sunlight.
The unique design of the Sky Power Solutions Residential system gives homeowners, for the first time, access to advanced concentrating Photovoltaic technology combined with sun tracking while taking only about 1/3 the space compared to standard solar PV panels.
The Sky Power Solutions residential solar power station will have the ability to reduce the average user’s monthly electric grid consumption by up to 30-40% with zero emissions using only the power of the Sun.
The entry level price point for a Sky Power Solutions-Concentrated Solar electric system is estimated to be $5,000 at release. Many financial incentives are available which reduces the user’s actual costs and vary by location. Multiple units can be combined for increased capacity.
The Energy Information Administration reports that the growth of electric generating capacity is expected to decline after 2012 and remain below 7 gigawatts per year until 2025. A construction boom in the early 2000s saw capacity additions averaging 35 gigawatts a year, much higher than had been seen before. More recently, average annual builds have dropped to around 16 gigawatts per year creating a significant shortfall looking forward. Growth of consumption is expected to far exceed the growth of capacity resulting in the need to accommodate the demand. Sky Power Solutions realizes growth in consumer acceptance of all electric cars will place an increased burden on the US and other countries’ Electric Grids. At the same time growth of electrical power capacity is expected to decline. Sky Power Solutions is geared to respond to this need with the development and potential sales of our proprietary Residential Stand-Alone, Solar concentrating, electric generation system.
Electric consumption in the United States is increasing at a rate that will outpace the anticipated expansion of the US Electric Grid’s capacity and Sky Power Solutions is poised for expansion into the Residential Electric Power Generation market to allow end users to generate and return 30-40% of their electric usage back to the grid using ‘Net-Metering’ and the Sky Power System. Sky Power Solutions is moving to meet this demand by lowering grid consumption of the users of the Residential Solar Generation System.
This will augment the Electric Grid by producing and sending electricity from the residential users’ surplus into the grid, thereby causing the users’ electric meters to run backwards, reducing their electric bills, and more importantly adding needed power to a stressed grid. Sky Power Solutions has determined the growth in the consumer acceptance of all electric cars will place an increased burden on the US Electric Grid at the same time growth in capacity of electrical capacity is expected to decline.
Sky Power Solutions is moving to meet this demand while lowering the grid consumption of the users of the Residential Solar Generation System and actually augmenting the Electric Grid by producing and sending electricity from the residential users surplus capacity into the grid, therefore causing the users electric meter to run backwards, not only reducing the electric bill, but more importantly adding needed power to a stressed grid for the benefit of all.