Adam Burwell and his company SolenSphere are looking to change the solar industry. Rather than using flat panels that sit stationary on a roof, SolenSphere is making dishes that follow and focus sunlight, yielding more efficient results.
This Spectrolab solar cell held by Adam Burwell is 1/250th the size of a silicon solar cell, but produces the same 50 watts of power. It’s made to handle concentrated light, which is what Burwell and his company SolenSphere are hoping to use to their advantage.
- About Monday’s Clean Tech Open
The Clean Tech Open is a chance for start-up businesses to improve their idea and compete against others for prizes and guidance. According to its website, the competition has awarded $5 million in cash and services since 2006.
After being accepted into the competition, teams receive mentoring, clinics and access to investors. Teams also have the chance to network with other teams at the national and international levels.
The grand prize is $250,000 in cash and services.
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 11:55 pm
Adam Burwell likes to summarize his corporate philosophy with three P’s: People, Planet and Profit. The 29-year-old student is teaming up with one of his professors to launch a business venture the pair hopes will help the planet and change the solar energy industry. On Monday, they’ll show their design in a regional semifinal that could project them to an international stage.
Burwell moved to Klamath Falls for his wife’s rural nursing studies and to alter his own career path two years ago. He abandoned his construction management efforts at Portland State University and enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology to study renewable energy engineering.
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