Researchers at MIT (see post below)
“Light is collected over a large area [like a window] and gathered, or concentrated, at the edges,” explains Baldo.
As a result, rather than covering a roof
MIT’s solar concentrator entails a mixture of two or more
Similar solar concentrators were developed in the 1970s by
Says Jon Mapel, an MIT research team member:
MIT’s solar concentrator improves on concentrators in use today. Baldo notes,
Baldo says his team still needs to improve the concentrator’s
In addition to Jon Mapel, Baldo’s research team also includes
Mapel, Currie and Goffri have started a company, Covalent Solar, to develop and commercialize the new technology. Earlier this year Covalent Solar won two prizes in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The company placed first in the Energy category ($20,000) and won the Audience Judging Award ($10,000).