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PostPosted: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:11:49    Post Subject: New Technology Prevents Solar Panel Overheating Reply with quote View Single Post

Solar power has been one of the major achievements that promise humanity a sustainable future. But even at this stage of development of tools delivering vital data on thin-film temperature that allows fast and error free production, solar panels have some limitations.

One of the main faults was loss of efficacy - after a prolong exposure to the sun the panels overheat and their performance decrease significantly. Scientists from Stanford came up with a brilliant solution for solving this problem with overheating.

Inspired by the way our bodies cool, and lose body heat through our heads, the scientists have developed a similar pattern for solar panels by introducing a translucent layer made out of pattered silica that will cool the system the same way our bodies are cooled through our heads.

This functional layer will separate light from heat, decreasing the temperature of the incoming light. Thus, the heat will be radiated by this innovative layer but the energy, produced by the solar panel, will be increasing. This new coat will be something like a pair of sunglasses, the light will go through but the harmful UV-rays, in this case heat, is efficiently blocked.

According to the research and tests done by the team of scientist working on the project, this new coat will effectively decrease the temperature by over twenty degrees Fahrenheit, and promote solar panels' efficiency by one percent.
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PostPosted: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:16:33    Post Subject: Reply with quote View Single Post

Cool tech! Increasing the efficiency by 1% doesn't seem like much though - especially if it comes at a significantly higher manufacturing cost. It sure would be nice if solar panels became more ubiquitous and could easily and cheaply be installed on basically everybody's roof.
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