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.
If you are interested in knowing more about solar panels and solar energy, please visit our website. Fidelity Home Energy, a residential solar company offers a complimentary energy analysis as well as a quote. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today.
Stanford University recently released a new alternative energy plan that outlines how the state of California can switch to wind, geothermal, water, and solar power by 2050. According to the study’s lead author, Mark Z. Jacobson, the plan “will eliminate air pollution mortality and global warming emissions from California, stabilize prices, and create jobs.”
Although there is an initial capital investment required to build the new power plants and other structures, the study predicts that overall energy use would be reduced by 44%. In addition, 220,000 net jobs would be created and deaths associated with air pollution would drop by 12,500 a year. The plan would also help California avoid the costly environmental effects of climate change, such as coastal erosion. All told, the savings to the state would pay for the cost of the plan in only seven years.
Solar energy plays a big role in the plan, accounting for 55.5% of the state’s energy. Although much of this comes from the 1,200 solar power plants that the plan calls for, homeowners and businesses would contribute as well with 15 million 5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel systems.
Installing rooftop solar panels doesn’t just benefit the state of California, however: between the California Solar Initiative, tax credits, and payments for unused electricity, homeowners can get both an immediate return on their investment and a long-term boost to energy savings. If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bills, get a head start on the plan now and get a free solar energy analysis. And for more information about solar energy and how you can reduce your energy costs, please contact us.
When people think of California, they think of sunny California. The Golden State is doing more than its fair share of promoting the sun as the best energy source. The State Assembly is attempting to make it easier for residents to apply for solar panels by creating a standardized application process through Bill 2188. The legislation, which will be debated and voted upon in the State Senate in August, calls for “cities to process permits for small, residential solar installations within five business days. It also would reduce the review process to just one inspection after the installation is complete.” While on the surface, the bill looks promising, it has created divisions among solar companies in California. One owner of a solar company says the application process is not a cookie cutter situation. It can take up to three weeks to process a permit, install the solar modules and complete the inspection. Different cities have different standards for solar, the con side insists. Others insist that residential solar panels have become more uniform and a check list can be completed in an hour. Meanwhile, fire departments complain that solar panels inhibit access, create electrical fires and expose firemen to electric shock and there needs to be a balance between safety and ecological advancements. Another area gaining attention, and for which California is becoming a “guinea pig,” is energy storage. The ability to harness reserves of solar energy would benefit residents, who would not have to worry about wasting energy during times they are not at home. Solar energy could be used in the evening and blackouts would be more tolerable. People would gain more control of their energy usage, and subsequently, the costs. SunPower, which used to make panels and is now an energy service provider, has entered into an agreement with builder KB Home to offer buyers in El Dorado Hills, Irvine and San Diego free lithium-ion battery systems to be installed by the end of 2014. The goal would be to start selling the systems in 2015. The project will aide SunPower in determining the best ways to manage solar energy production and the charge and discharge of electricity from storage. They will also be testing batteries from different companies, including California’s Sunverge Energy. Another factor pushing energy storage in the state is that the three investor-owned utilities in California are under obligation to purchase 1,325 megawatts of energy storage services by 2020. We at Fidelity Home Energy are absolutely in favor of anything that speeds up the solar installation process for us or our customers. Different areas throughout California have long waiting times for permitting solar, and it would be nice to have a more streamlined approach. We have offices in San Diego, Torrance (Los Angeles), Hayward (San Francisco Bay Area) and Sacramento, Ventura and Fresno. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, before solar was fashionable. You will receive a free, extensive In-Home Energy Analysis, with a quote that is good for six months. Small job or big, we will work with you, providing a fully customized and “made for you” solar array system. We handle all paperwork and permits for you. Full installation is completed by highly trained and certified solar electric technicians using industry leading, top quality products. You are assigned a dedicated project manager throughout your installation process, and an Energy Specialis t for follow-up visits post installation, to make sure you know how to properly and safely operate your system. When you’re ready for solar in California, contact us, the solar company in California.