In Brief

Could this invention change the way energy is delivered on a global scale?

American multinational technology and consulting corporation IBM are renowned the world over for being technology leaders and innovators with an aim to ‘shape the future of society and make the world work better and build a smarter planet.’ Their latest creation is being considered as one of their best projects yet.

The team at IBM have developed a system called High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT), which is capable of concentrating the sun’s rays into a stream 2000x more powerful. The process of trapping sunlight also produces water that can be used to produce potable water and other modern day amenities such as air conditioning. Scientists are predicting that the HCPVT could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world. The system is also renewable and in terms of size, it would only take up 2% of the Sahara Desert’s land area.

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