No, the developments in solar power haven’t peaked yet. Discoveries and innovations continue to spring as we strive to perfect the technologies needed to generate clean, renewable energy from the sun.
Let’s look at some of these innovations, shall we?
Molecular science solar thermal (MOST) utilizes molecular photoisomers for generating solar power. It works like photosynthesis but is an artificial one that uses an organic substance as a semiconductor.
These organic materials performing photosynthesis, plus ultrafine thermoelectric chips, are what work together to store sunlight and convert it to electricity.
Additionally, because MOST systems utilize organic substances that are fairly easy to acquire, the solar panels can work efficiently even without maximum exposure to sunlight.
As fancy as this sounds, MOST systems are still being developed as it not yet ready to be rolled out for commercial use. But this technology brimming with potential.
Night-shift solar panels
We know that the only issue with solar energy is the sun doesn’t always shine. But soon enough, nighttime will no longer be an issue. The sun can’t take your system down with it anymore, thanks to some modifications that help solar panels generate energy at night.
These nighttime solar panels work because of radiative cooling. They feed on the coldness of space. Through this high-tech add-on spec, every square meter of solar panel can generate 50 milliwatts of energy every night.
That’s tiny compared to what solar panels can generate during the day, but it’s still a big step from other technologies that sleep at night.
Printed solar panels
Using organic PV science, a team of great minds in the University of Newcastle’s Center for Organic Electronics was able to print solar panels. As you can imagine, the resulting products are cheap, lightweight, and customizable size-wise.
The magic is brought by water-based solar paints. The printed solar panels are made into rolls, which makes the manufacturing process easy and fast.
It’s also flexible and portable. Aside from buildings, printed solar panels can easily be installed in vehicles. But more importantly, they can be conveniently brought and installed in remote areas.
Things are looking up for solar energy. The technologies and innovations being born every day pave the way for cheaper and more accessible clean-energy generators for us all.