A solar startup building solar concentrating systems is coming out of stealth in time for the National Energy Marketers Association convention today and claiming some really incredible figures. Los Angeles-based newcomer Sunrgi says it can use lenses to concentrate sunlight by more than 1,600 times to produce electricity on photovoltaic panels for as little as 5 to 7 cents per kWh.
Other companies (like Soliant Energy) that build similar systems only claim to concentrate sunlight by 500 times, points out GreenTech Media. And most concentrating solar systems are touting electricity prices in the range of 10 cents per kWh, which is already low enough to compete with conventional fossil fuels.
We’re not sure what they’re smoking down in SoCal, but it’s probably laced with the nanotech “goop” that cofounder Paul Sidlo says is behind the innovation. Sunrgi, we’re kidding, but those are very breakthrough claims, so we’re looking forward to checking out the product. Now, about the naming your concentrators Xtreme . . .