This tech repels dust from solar panels, saving up to 98% of energy

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The award-winning Superclean Glass forms a transparent electrodynamic shield that repels dust from solar collectors.
  • Facebook has procured enough clean energy projects to meet 100% of its energy needs.
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Dust on solar panels

Superclean Glass is a company that uses solar panel cleaning technology developed at Stony Brook University in New York. It is now a startup overseen by the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) in Stony Brook.

Superclean Glass has created a highly transparent electrodynamic shield that repels dust from solar panels (see image above). This process can save up to 98% of the energy that is normally lost on panels exposed to the elements, often in dusty regions (think the sunny, dusty American Southwest). The company is housed in the Long Island High Tech Incubator. Here is a video that explains how the product works:

And now, Superclean Glass has been named a finalist for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize for 2021. It was one of 10 finalist companies and will receive a US $ 100,000 award and additional US $ 75,000 DOE vouchers to test their technologies.

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $ 3 million competition developed by the DOE to revitalize solar manufacturing through a series of competitions. Two finalist winners will be announced on a demo day in September 2021. These winners will receive an additional $ 500,000 and up to $ 75,000 in vouchers to develop and test their prototypes.

Facebook’s clean energy

Facebook has procured enough new clean energy projects to meet 100% of its energy needs worldwide. This includes data centers, offices, and even employees’ home offices as everyone was away during the pandemic. Facebook is one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy. Utility Dive writes:

The company has contracts for more than 6.1 GW of wind and solar in 18 states and five countries within the same power grids that power its data centers and operations. Facebook currently has 2 GW solar and 1.3 GW wind as well as 720 MW energy storage online of the contractually agreed energy.

Everything that Facebook has not yet repaired, such as diesel emergency power generators or gas stoves in office kitchens, is offset by emission credits from the TIST reforestation project.

If only they could get the misinformation distributors and climate deniers to stop spreading lies on their platform, that would be great.

Photo: Stony Brook University

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