Have Australian Scientists Found A New Solar Solution?
Solar power is, without a doubt, a reliable source of green energy. The sun comes up every day, and it will always be there. The question has been whether or not we have the means to harvest it. Solar panel technology isn’t cheap after all, and they take resources to manufacture. Using a bunch of low-capacity panels to try to harvest energy was likely to be both expensive and difficult.
Fortunately for those who are invested in the success of solar power there has been a breakthrough in Australia that might solve many of the potential sustainability problems solar was facing.
More Solar Power With Fewer Panels
The big problem with solar power has traditionally been the amount of power that photovoltaic panels can absorb. Industrial strength panels can convert roughly 30 percent of sunlight into electricity, and the panels used by consumers for at-home power generation are lucky to convert 18 percent. With new technology that’s been created at the University of New South Wales though it’s now possible for solar panels to convert 40 percent of sunlight into electricity. The results of the experiments have also been replicated by the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory, proving that Australia’s breakthrough was not just a fluke.
How Does It Work?
A traditional solar panel takes in light to a single cell, and then converts it to electricity. What these new panels do is split the light among four different cells, which results in more of the light being converted into electricity. A relatively simple change, this can be used to get more energy out of fewer panels, which means that it’s even more possible to meet the energy demands of a community using nothing more than sunlight, particularly in locations that are bathed day in and day out with photons from the sun.
What’s more it’s now possible that fewer devices will be necessary overall, which might make solar a much bigger part of a sustainable, renewable energy solution both for today and for tomorrow as well.
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