Solar or thermal energy conversion to electric using gas.

I was wondering if there is a method to convert solar energy (or heat) using a blended kind o gas that under high pressure? When this gas expand it promote energy exchange between particles or collision. Is there some research about this approach? Is it possible?


  • vtmapsvtmaps Solar Expert Posts: 3,741 ✭✭✭✭
    Welcome to the forum,

    I am not sure I know exactly what you are asking... In what form do you want the solar energy?   If you want electricity, use a solar panel.  You could also use solar energy to make heat and boil water to make steam which can drive a generator.

    I have a little solar-powered motor that opens the windows in my greenhouse... the sun strikes the ground which heats up the air in the greenhouse.  The hot air causes the gas to expand in a pneumatic cylinder which drives a piston to lift open the window.... Is that what you are asking about?

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