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Solar Powered Inventions: A History

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Solar Powered Inventions: A History

For National Engineers Week we want to share this amazing Solar Timeline created by the U.S. Department of Energy recalling solar powered inventions throughout history.  It is so cool to see how solar energy has progressed since the 7th Century B.C. when glass and mirrors were used to concentrate the sun’s heat to light fires.  It’s said that the Greek scientist, Archimedes, used bronze shields to focus sunlight and set fire to wooden Roman ships.

In 1839, French scientist Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect while experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes placed in an electricity-conducting solution—electricity-generation increased when exposed to light.  In 1905, Albert Einstein published his paper on the photoelectric effect. By 1959, Hoffman Electronics had developed 10% efficient, commercially available photovoltaic cells.

The Solar Powered Inventions of SPT

Solar Pool Technologies’ own engineer, Denis Ruzsa, began his work in solar energy back in 1975.  By the mid-1980s he and his partner, Terry Maaske, had built a working solar powered air conditioner here in Arizona. The Reagan administration’s low regard for solar energy brought industry growth to a near standstill, so Denis and Terry turned to smaller projects.

Solar-Breeze NX: A New Age Solar Powered Invention

The Solar-Breeze NX is the robotic pool skimmer that uses off-grid solar energy to keep pools significantly cleaner and reduce energy costs for pool owners.  Denis says, “I’m glad that Terry and I invented something that positively impacts people’s lives – it makes a better life for them.”  Still committed to the power of alternative energy, he adds, “I believe we have the largest energy conservation program for the swimming pool industry with our robot – bar none.”

Check out all of the benefits of the Solar-Breeze NX.  It’s smart. Simple. Sustainable.  Find out more today by checking out more areas of our website.

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