Solar technology is constantly improving and becoming more efficient, even during this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The question for every solar energy technologist and scientist is, how can we make solar energy better for people? Well, here is one way how scientists and technologists are working towards new innovations in the solar energy industry.
Semi-Transparent Solar Cell
Engineers are currently developing a semi-transparent solar cell that could be used in windows. This would make homes more energy-efficient by the use of windows as creating energy for your home. The amazing thing about this new solar cell innovation is that it could drastically change the architecture industry by benefitting both the solar industry and architecture industry. Windows generating electricity could mean so much to the renewable energy world. Every minute, we are working towards a 100% renewable energy world, and this takes us one step closer.
Why are Solar Windows Important?
If we’re looking at the entire picture, we can say that solar windows will play a major role in continuing to reach 100% renewable energy. Think about all of the skyscrapers and other buildings covered in glass windows. If these windows are solar, you’ll see energy costs eliminated for companies around the globe! Turning commercial buildings into power generators will have a major impact on the way we construct buildings, but there are tradeoffs that architects and property owners have to consider.
“Two square meters of solar window will generate about as much electricity as a standard rooftop solar panel.”
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There are new innovations every single day, but you wouldn’t think an ordinary couple from Duluth, Minnesota would be developing technology for solar panels to withstand the snow that might cover them in the winter months. Although, when Karl Wagner was made aware of the U.S. Department of Energy’s America-Made Solar Prize, he decided to see if he could enter in the competition.
He felt enough was enough when it came to physically getting-up on the roof to clear off the snow on their solar panels. Afterall, the solar panels wouldn’t produce much energy even if there was a smidge of cover from snow.
Solar Development Solution
Karl Wagner, data scientist and inventor, has developed a solution for the snowy covering problem with solar panels. It’s a development of a heating material with nanotechnology components. This couple’s innovation won $50,000 in prize money from being the semi-finalist in the American-Made Solar competition.
The heated technology is believed to remove solar panels within a few hours. This could have significant impact on the Upper Midwest cities that lose solar generation due the snow accumulation on the solar panels.
The Benefits of this Innovation
The main benefits of this solution to the snow cover problem on solar panels is that it can be used in areas where snow accumulates more. Places like Alaska and other areas around the world looking to benefit from solar energy will be able to use this technology to eliminate downtime with their solar panels making sure the snow is melted off from the heated technology.
Solar energy is important for the fight against climate change. At Pope Energy, we specialize in developing solar photovoltaic projects for commercial entities across the New England region, as well as New York. We see the major benefits of solar technology helping people every day. Technology will only get more advanced!
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