New Solar Tech Can Top This

Solyndra's designs can capture light from any angle
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2008 7:31 PM CDT
Photovoltaic solar panels are mounted on the west wing roof of the Oregon State Capitol November 14, 2005 in Salem, Oregon.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A California company's new, sun-sucking glass tubes aim to solve solar power's practical problems, the Economist reports. Chief among them are flat panels that miss the sun—by looking the wrong way—and cost more than $40,000 per household to install. Solyndra's new technology uses glass tubes that capture sunlight from all sides, at about half the cost.

Solyndra is eying the commercial rooftop market, which offers some 30 billion square feet of rooftop across the US. Solyndra's glass tubes could spark 150 gigawatts of electricity on those roofs and power nearly 16 million homes, says CEO Chris Gronet.