Cutting Edge Technology

    Gen3 is using Cutting Edge Solar Energy Generation Technology developed at the University of Arizona by world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Roger Angel, a world leader in giant telescope optical design and manufacturing. At the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory, Dr. Angel's lightweight mirror designs enabled the construction of some of the largest astronomical telescope mirrors in the world, including the 6.5-meter mirror for Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) and the two 8.4-meter mirrors for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO).
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    Dr. Roger Angel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society, a MacArthur Fellow, an honorary fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford University, and a recipient of the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics.
    In Gen3 technology, sunlight is focused by large mirrors and converted into electricity by small multi-junction solar cells with very high efficiency. Patented optics deliver sunlight concentrated by a factor of 1,000x to the cells, evenly divided among the cells for very high overall efficiency.
    Gen3 holds an Exclusive License to commercialize this technology, including the mirror manufacturing method and the optics.
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    With Gen3's unique optical configuration, the sunlight is reflected and focused by a large, curved mirror bringing the sunlight to a focal point. At the focus, the light enters a small Power Converter Unit (PCU) through a ball lens.  The concentration of the sunlight at the focal point is so powerful that it can melt 5mm piece of metal in under 10 seconds.
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    Each photovoltaic mirror module is a 25 square foot glass mirror and 36 Multi-Junction Cells in a small Power Converter Unit (PCU). Inside the PCU is a unique origami-optics reflector which divides all light uniformly among 36 multi-junction cells, at 1,000x concentration. The cells are mounted on 4 circuit cards, nine cells to a card.
    Multiple mirror modules are co-aligned on a lightweight Dual-Axis Tracker and pointed directly at the sun, maximizing total electrical output from Sunrise to Sunset.
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    Gen3 holds a Worldwide Exclusive Commercialization License, with the right to Sublicense of the following Patents and Technologies:
    Licensed Technology & Patents
    UA08-096: Solar Photovoltaic Generator
    U.S. Patent: 8,082,755
    U.S. Patent: 8,350,145
    U.S. Patent: 8,430,090
    UA13-046: Solar Generator with Large Reflector Dishes and Concentrator Photovoltaic Cells in Flat Arrays
    U.S. Patent: 10,050,583
    UA14-053: Self-Contained Rotational Mount with Compression and Tension Members
    U.S. Patent: 9,746,127
    Gen3 holds a Worldwide Exclusive Commercialization License, with the right to Sublicense of the following Patents and Technologies:
    Licensed Technology & Patents
    UA08-096: Solar Photovoltaic Generator
    U.S. Patent: 8,082,755
    U.S. Patent: 8,350,145
    U.S. Patent: 8,430,090
    UA13-046: Solar Generator with Large Reflector Dishes and Concentrator Photovoltaic Cells in Flat Arrays
    U.S. Patent: 10,050,583
    UA14-053: Self-Contained Rotational Mount with Compression and Tension Members
    U.S. Patent: 9,746,127
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