Solar energy, like many other renewable energy sources, has many benefits. Utilizing our sun to reduce pollution and to save money are just a few. As a result, there has been a collective push for scientists to research ways to make solar energy more efficient so that these benefits are easier to attain. Due to this push, a recent discovery using magnetism has been made that will help keep solar panels clean and productive.
Scientists Find a Solution with Magnetism
According to an article by the Christian Science Monitor, solar panels are often affected by particles and other elements that inevitably accumulate on their surface. Less sunlight is turned into electricity which affects the panels’ productivity. The solution to this problem was discovered by scientists at MIT and King Faud Univeristy of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). A magnetic field was created by applying an oil infused with magnetic materials otherwise known as a ferrofluid to draw contaminants off the surface of solar panels.
What This Means for the Solar Industry
This magnetic force essentially reduces friction completely so that contaminants such as dust and moisture do not soil solar panels. This is important for the solar industry because solar panels and mirrors lose efficiency when these contaminants build up on surfaces. In addition, panels are often on roofs which make dust accumulation more prevalent. This new innovation to reduce fouling will increase the productivity of these panels and in turn make solar energy a more attractive energy source.
The new discovery to reduce soiling is also important because it will reduce the amount of time and money that is required to clean solar panels. Hosing down the panels is an expensive process that uses a great deal of water. By eliminating the need for this process, vasts amount of water will be conserved as well as less labor and money will be spent. The magnetic solution will be less expensive and more efficient for all solar panel users.
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