Solar Power Harvesting using Magnification – A Conceptual Design

Yesterday, a good friend of mine sent me a link to an interesting TED Talk (Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability). My friend attends classes at a prominent art academy in downtown San Fran and she is currently enrolled in a course called Sustainable Design (and they got to watch the video during class).

While I was watching the TED Talk video, I couldn’t help but mockup up a product design with the goal of increasing the amount solar energy that can be gathered from our massive sun.

Instead of focusing on the efficiency of the solar cells (exclusively), my designs takes an approach that includes a rotating convex magnifying glass: