Arun Gupta is the founder of Skyven Technologies, a Texas-based company that has developed a co-generating solar panel system that promises an efficient way to generate electricity and heat water.
The Skyven Cogen System brings together traditional solar photovoltaic, concentrating photovoltaic and solar water heating technologies, Gupta says, incorporating the best technologies that have emerged from the billions of dollars and decades of study that already have gone into solar energy.
Installed on a commercial rooftop, the system will produce 50 percent more electricity that will cost 20 percent less than a traditional photovoltaic system, he says. The installed cost of solar water heating with Skyven’s system is 40 percent less than with traditional technology.
“There are ways to convert sunlight into electricity with a regular solar panel,” Gupta says. “And there are obviously ways to create heat from sunlight with a black panel. But to do both simultaneously and to do both well simultaneously is where this technology really shines.”
Read our full case study how 3D-printed prototypes and machined metal parts have helped Skyven ready its solar panel system for market launch.