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Believe it or not I thought of this myself when I was a kid, to place a magnifying glass in front of a solar panel to intensy solar ray input many x times over.
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Added: Feb-21-2009 
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  • ´Believe it or not I thought of this myself when I was a kid, to place a magnifying glass in front of a solar panel to intensy solar ray input many x times over.´

    Well, if you often have novel ideas, you may have a very high IQ and/or have Asperger syndrome.

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  • I also think this experiment is flawed, because they messed with the control. In a proper experiment there would be no shroud on the control that blocks a significant amount of light. It would be fairly simple to compare the peak energy output on both cells without the shroud there mucking it up.

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    • Yes, it makes them appear as though they were setting themselves up for certain success with this experiment. I think they should have had 3 cells. 1 with the glass, 1 with the shroud, and one completely exposed. We layman's are only going to question this shroud blocker. So, we can't be completely sold on its success unless we see it without the shroud as well. And anyone that disagrees with me, please ask any other person with common sense out there that's seen this video.

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  • I remember having the same thought, then I went back to burning ants !

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    • Like... quit being so negative... maaaan. The power can be brought to Earth using... you know... like... magic an' stuff.

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    • Nikola Tesla patented and demonstrated his method for transferring electricity without wires. http://thirdpipe.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/NikolaTesla.jpg

      Edison hated him because of his advanced knowledge of electricity. The rumors and demonstrations Edison created to try to debunk Tesla's experiments were what created the cartoon "Dr. Frankenstein". Edison hooked an elephant up to AC current and electrocuted it for a large crowd to try to prove DC current is more safe. http More..

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    • seen a show about ideas like this....

      best method is micro-waves beamed down to collectors..

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  • Why does one lens have a big shadow
    casting shield right next to it? :|

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    • That's what I was wondering? Why block it?

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    • are you serious,didn't you watch the video?? Its their control lens, or regular lens they compare results to.

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    • No bud, I watched it... But the other cell
      should also have the opportunity to collect
      light from the same area as the test cell,
      otherwise it's not a control, it's a fix.

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    • and what makes you think it doesnt collect from the same area, have you noticed the stand spin around. Every time EXCLUSIVELY each lens points at the sun the data is collected, so doesnt matter if two lenses are 30000000 miles apart, they both will be facing the sun at some point. ( I was exaggerating but you get the idea). Ok Ill explain to you what they looked at on the computer screen. They looked at energy output by the lens, they take the average of when each lens faces the light and cr More..

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    • What makes me think that it does not
      collect light from the same area would
      be that they put one in a transparent
      box, and the other had an opaque shroud
      ... I don't see the need to block the
      control in any way, if the test cell is
      not blocked in any way...

      It's not obvious... An obvious test would
      be to make the control cell the same size
      as the test cell's lens, and see if the
      test cell collected anything like as much
      light energy... That would be a fair test.

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  • the experiment is hosed however, the L shaped light blocking (thing) is a hoot.... totally shuts light out of one side....LOL

    back to the caulk board... so people are just too smart and miss simple things...

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  • interesting stuff

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  • I have thought of this same "invention" when I was younger. Seeing that you, I and maybe many more thinkn the same way, further strengthens my views that our educational system is a failure. Our schools should allow my basic engineering courses. OUr country was an engineering superpower a century ago because of the unlimited access students and your everyday "joe" had o materials and the ability to experiment without the fear or wrath of security. Change the system so it wor More..

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