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This article was published on April 13, 2011

    Capturing the sun’s energy in a beautiful concept [Video]

    Capturing the sun’s energy in a beautiful concept [Video]
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    In the following video, GE took the basic make-up of the sun (71% Hydrogen, 21.7% Helium) and used that recipe to fill a weather balloon with. GE then ignited the balloon and captured the chemical reaction with 18 Canon 7d’s and 6 Canon 60d’s for a total of 24 cameras to shoot the explosion in a full circle. The result is a 360 degree portrait of our miniature sun.

    “The actual sun is a fusion reaction, and millions of times more powerful than our little suns, but the idea of capturing this power is how we bring in the solar panels,” says a GE spokesperson.

    According to the video, 100 miles squared of GE’s solar panels would capture enough of the sun’s energy to power the entire US. All complaints about GE’s business practices aside, this is a super stunning 2 minutes.