Next-Gen Solar Panels Could Offer Cooler Operating Temps: Expect Higher Efficiencies, Reduced Degradation
Solar panels are one of the innovations aimed at reducing energy consumption around the world. This technology enables people to convert sunlight into electrical energy. However, some of the current solar cell products have limitations that prevent employees from reaching their full potential.
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Night falls at Solarmine, the first photovoltaic system in California to support oil fields on July 8, 2003 near Taft, California, 40 miles west of Bakersfield. Solarmine is a new six-acre demonstration project being developed by ChevronTexaco subsidiary Chevron Energy Solutions (Chevron ES) in collaboration with United Solar Systems Corp (Uni-Solar), a subsidiary of Michigan-based Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD).
And now some Australian researchers have found that the next generation solar panels can solve the main challenges of operating at high temperatures. you claimed that through new solar cell designs and manufacturing processes, this technology can produce more useful electrical energy and have a longer lifespan.
“The economic value of a photovoltaic system depends both on its service life and on the efficiency of the energy conversion,” said the researchers involved.
“Advances towards the latter include mechanisms to bypass the Shockley-Queisser boundary, such as tandem designs and multiple exciton generation (MEG),” they added.
How efficient are the new solar modules?
In the new study entitled “Singlet Fission and Tandem Solar Cells Reduce Thermal Degradation and Extend Life” published by Progress in Photovoltaics Journal, researchers at UNSW Sydney stated that the new solar modules could achieve lower operating temperatures.
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A number of photovoltaic solar modules at Berliner Wasserbetriebe can be seen on April 30, 2010 in Berlin. Germany has invested heavily in solar and other renewable energy sources and aims to cover 30% of its energy needs with renewable energies by 2020.
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This ability enables the solar panels to maintain higher efficiencies and reduce thermal degradation.
Thanks to this innovation, the new solar modules are expected to last longer than the current solar cells from various manufacturers.
The Australian scientists stated that they could do this after creating a combination of two traits. These are specifically the so-called singlet cleavage technology and tandem solar cell production.
What are tandem solar cells?
According to the latest report from Renew Economy, tandem solar cells are made up of two different types of solar cells. They are positioned one above the other. A well-known example of this technology are the new perovskite solar cells.
These solar modules are layered on a conventional silicon solar cell. Experts said that combining two types of solar panels could convert more spectrum of sunlight into electrical energy. They added that this method could also increase the overall efficiency of energy conversion technology.
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