We live in a world and age where harnessing renewable energy is more than a trend, but a necessity. As more and more homeowners are turning to solar energy to heat their homes, solar thermal dishes are becoming increasingly popular. This device is a parabolic dish specially designed to convert sunlight into electricity or heat.
These modern systems use satellite-like mirror dishes to focus the light from the sun onto a central receiver. So far, this device has the highest heat-electricity conversion rate among all solar panels, of up to 30%. My solar parabolic dish hot water heater in the above video features 4 by 4 inch mirrors. The dish itself is 10 foot in diameter and used to be a satellite antenna for television.
As you can notice, the sunlight my dish receives can easily be converted into heat that sets the wood panel on fire in less than 3 minutes. We also built a counterbalance system to balance the dish. The dish is equipped with all the bells and whistles to function properly. I can state that it serves its purpose well – it can heat 10 gallons of water in less than 10 minutes.
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Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.