Friday, 8 July 2011

Don't follow me, follow the sun...

As an existing (or potential) solar using household don’t you just love the idea of your panels facing the sun all day long? We’re South facing, but still get a marked increase of power generation at midday when it’s “full on...”

In the suburbs of (Freiburg) Germany, those clever Germans have just commissioned Heliotrope House. A wooden building built around a central pole which rotates 180 degrees, about one to two degrees in ten minutes, to capture maximum sunlight. The good news is it produces five times more energy than it consumes. The bad news is it cost about 2 million dollars!!!!!

I’m a huge fan of German engineering and quality, but just for a change I think the Brits got their towels on the sun loungers first…

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) worked for the last 20 years of his life in a remarkably sophisticated writer's hut on his property in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Besides having electricity, a telephone, and a buzzer system, the hut's most notable feature was that it was built on a turntable, which enabled Shaw to push it to follow the sun. Had he been more concerned with solar engineering rather than writing I think he could have powered the whole thing from an array of PV panels on the hut’s roof.

Vorsprung durch Technik  ('Advancement through technology').   


  Nice one George

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