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Google Reveals Plans to Develop More Efficient and Cost-Effective Solar Thermal Technology

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As if Google isn’t already doing enough for the world of technology, they’re actually joining the solar technology movement in order to help increase the progress, which they believe has been disappointing to date.  Their goal is to use mirror technology for solar energy that will be cheaper and therefore more accessible to the masses, so cost isn’t such a contributing factor to why many are unable to make their homes a little bit greener.

The technology available on the market today a 250-MW solar thermal installation costs $0.12 to $0.15 a KWh and Google’s goal is to reduce costs by at least half, but ideally by 66% to 75% so costs come in around $0.05 or less.  In order to reach this goal of lowering costs and increasing efficiency, Google is currently testing different materials to find a better solution, and plans to unveil a prototype model within the next few months, and part of that evaluation process will include ensuring that the material used for a solar thermal installation will be able to withstand the tests of time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Google is hoping to make green technology a little more efficient and accessible, and as a leader in technology, they are trend-setting their way to cleaner and greener tech!

Via: Reuters , Image Via: Flikr Phil LaCombe with a Creative Commons License

 
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