Gallery: V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the In...


When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells and the capacity to generate up to 20 times more energy for the same surface area. Now Clean Technica has estimates for the Levelized Cost of Electricity from these cones, and—if V3Solar’s calculations are correct—the Spin Cell could be truly revolutionary. Citing a “conservative” estimate, V3Solar states that the cones can generate electricity for eight cents per kWh. Not only is that radically cheaper than current averages for solar PV electricity—28 cents per kWh—but it’s two-thirds of the cost of current retail electricity.

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  1. GL FH June 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Please un-PRIVATE the YouTube video. It’s time to re-roof in TEXAS & I want BIPV, but if this is BETTER while being less expensive to own & operate tell more. Also how do V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones stack up to concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) for hurricane country? Great article Thank you. 😀 !!!

  2. Sandkoo King June 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    nothing will beat a solar tree with thousands of leafs that follow the sun. nature has spent billions of yrs. perfecting the design

  3. Wolfgang Beaugrand July 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

    The cost of a residential (installed) 5 KW in the South East (Fla) is ~$3/w. $15.000 – 30% ITC = 10.500. Now you divide the production (PC Watts)for the complete system by the initial cost and you get the price per kWh.

    The production number is depending on the Manufacturers power output guarantees and the cost per kWh varies between 8 cents to 12 cents per kWh and not 28. Unless you are purchasing an installed product for $6/w which just means that you did not compare prices enough.

  4. Keef Wivaneff February 20, 2013 at 2:14 am


  5. Nick Thompson February 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Out of curiosity, when you say insanely low price of 8 cents, there are a couple things wrong there. It hasn’t been built and tested so its impossible to know the cost yet, and insanely low? For what? Solar? Geothermal, especially with all the advances in lower temperature geotherm is half that cost already built and proven. Interesting design, but not sure about the tech. Would like to see some actual testing and info.

  6. Kenwa d'Arc February 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    can it see?

  7. Greg Blonder January 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sadly, this idea is fundamentally flawed. The cone leaves half the solar cells in the shade, and about a third of the cells in the front are tilted away from the sun, so much of the energy glances off. i estimate only 1/6th of the solar cells are active at any one time. True, spinning will cool the cells and increase efficiency a bit, but so would a fan and heat sink on a flat panel. Costs will definitely be higher than dumb flat panels. And flat panels that are adjusted only twice a year to match the summer/winter tilt of the Earth’s axis will blow it away.

  8. bthinker January 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Must have got the same notice I got today. Read the report. I knew when I first saw V3 that it was finally a solution to solar, so I followed them, even posted on my hope for success(And offered advise they didn’t follow up on, shame shame for them). Nectar design should make this a realization. I see it hitting at least 10-11 cents before production. Still it’s what I plan to use 2 years from now on my bioshelter of the future. :)
    On a side note, today’s been covered in great news for me. Like the universe is coming into sync. I’d really like to see them go into production with their 30x concentrated model, estimate it the best stable course of action. For if a 50x model part ever fails it with fry before you dismount it for repairs. I’d really like to see them pair it with a something beyond common PV, maybe Double or Tripple juction, or even make a much larger model using IBM’s CZTS on the industrial end. Hopefully Nectar weighs all the avenues when searching for a price and material optimization.

    Moderator, If you would, Remove the prior posts I conjoined. Thanks.

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