Dish Sized Solar Panel That Can Power an Entire Tiny House?

Pinned on April 27, 2013 at 8:14 am by Alex

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Dish Sized Solar Panel That Can Power an Entire Tiny House?

This 19-year-old kid is a genius, isn’t he?

The Power of 5,000 Suns? Seriously?

What if this technology can someday power an entire tiny house and recharge battery reserves faster than we would have ever imagined?

The R5800 Solar “Death Ray”

Watch the video below to see what I’m talking about and here’s an excerpt from the inventor himself:

The R5800 is my latest and greatest solar creation. Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8″ (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5’9″ and is 42″ across.
Unfortunately, the R5800 was completely destroyed in a storage shed fire on December 14, 2010.

Coming spring of 2011:
Sun Runner 3
R23000 (R23K)

Area of dish aperture (elliptical)= (pi x 102cm x 73cm)/4 = 5848 sq cm
Area of focal point (circular)= pi(0.6cm)^2 = 1.14 sq cm
Concentration Power= 5848/1.14 = 5129 then rounded down
Output Power Estimate = 560 watts

Video of the Solar “Death Ray”

Can you see a small device like this being able to easily recharge battery reserves quickly to power homes of all sizes? This kid’s invention can really lead to some incredible breakthroughs (and less oil dependency). 




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Gil says:

Archimedes did this to an invading roman fleet over 2000 years ago.

Alex says:

Whoa that’s awesome I didn’t know that! Thanks Gil. They must have thought he was a magician/alien or something huh?

Mugur says:

“Archimedes did this to an invading roman fleet over 2000 years ago.”

Well, that’s what I was taught in school but in the “MythBusters” show on the Discovery Channel they totally busted this piece of history. However, this guy’s dish could be improved to a more practical (and safe) use. For instance, by making a half-tube with the inner side covered with the tiny mirrors and having a metal tube filled with water in the focal line (not point!) – i.e. hot water ready to be used or stored in a tank. Or, if you “dig” into the depths of the Internet, you may find the “solar ice-maker”. Just my two cents … Anyway, great stuff! I’d like to have the time to duplicate his efforts, but I’m too busy finishing my small house … (but that’s another story!) Keep on the good work, Alex!


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