SunTracker Concept Tracks Sun For Max Juice

Anyone who has cased out rooftop solar knows that the angle and orientation of your solar panels has a huge amount of influence on how much power you can expect to produce. Designer Jack Healy of Dublin, Ireland, seeks to break the output limitations of such traditional, fixed systems with the Sun Tracker.

The Sun Tracker concept design continuously compares light intensity along its ‘x’ and ‘y’ axis, and continuously adjusts to the position of greatest intensity via two D.C. motors. From here, the solar energy harvested by that big round parabolic surface is reflected up at a high intensity, small solar panel.

SunTracker

image via Jack Healy

Call it concentrated solar power for the masses (provided it’s cost effective to build), or simply a good idea for making the most of solar power in every climate (such as in, say, overcast Ireland).

One of the things we like most about this design is how much it resembles the old conventional satellite dish. Really, how could a homeowner’s assocation refuse?

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.