If the race to find alternative power was a simple beauty contest, then André Broessel‘s solar ball would surely be standard on rooftops by now. Because his energy concentrating design really is elegant–much more handsome than a clunky old solar panel.
Aesthetics aren’t the only reason to like Broessel’s invention. The German architect says his system is 35% more efficient than a standard panel, and that it does even better when combined with a tool for tracking the sun. More than that, it also improves on the material footprint of conventional technology. The cell area behind the water-filled ball is 75% smaller than a panel with the same output.
Dear Santa, I want one.