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The Future of Solar Panels

greensunAs the world of renewable energy continues to grow, the spotlight shines brightly on power that can be generated sustainably. Solar power consistently leads the way as a top renewable energy contender. Energy generated by the sun is clean, the equipment used to generate it is maintenance free, and the output potential is unparalleled. This is especially true here on Hawaii where this type of energy is so abundant that we are currently experiencing a tremendous surge in demand.

Included in the green buzz about solar power are technology masterminds who are thinking up ways to make the solar panel more efficient. We’ve come a long way from the water and glass solar systems of our ancestors. Apparently we’ve still got a ways to go.

While solar photovoltaic panels and systems are already amazingly efficient and substantially accessible, there continue to be new technological advancements around every turn. Most recently, researchers from MIT and Harvard have discovered a way to heighten the performance of the solar cell. Apparently there is some loss which occurs when the excitons (converted photons which transfer to electrons to produce energy) get trapped in tiny flaws of the photovoltaic material. The ability to eliminate the traps and flaws will allow greater efficiency to be achieved.

Materials which are being used to manufacture solar systems are also taking on new shape and form. The panels we see today are large, dark, heavy, glass objects with certain limitations. What would you say if the solar photovoltaic cell of tomorrow was as light as a notebook, came in various colors, could easily cover a large surface area and cost very little to produce? Needless to say, this is every solar enthusiast’s hope and dream.

Standing in the way of such advancements are technological limitations. Research teams must adhere to certain parameters such as the minimum and maximum size a cell must be in order to have optimal surface area and work properly. Different surfaces and structuring techniques are designed to generate varied results which must then be interpreted and analyzed. Different materials such as polymers can be tested on small devices, attempting to create some tangible metrics for larger scale application. What they are discovering in the course of their work is that what may conceptually be possible, may not be sound as far as design goes. Regardless, their ultimate goal is the make a solar cell which captures the greatest amount of sunlight and makes the greatest amount of solar energy.