SolarCity Unveils Worlds Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel with more than 22 Module Efficiency.
The Sun provides endless energy, but the average solar cell panel can convert only 14 to 20 of the energy it collects into usable electricity. Now, American energy company SolarCity has built the world's most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent. The new SolarCity panel generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere. SolarCity will begin producing the first modules in small quantities this month at its 100.
MW pilot facility, but the majority of the new solar panels will ultimately be produced at SolarCity's 1 GW facility in Buffalo, New York. SolarCity expects to be producing between 9,000 10,000 solar panels each day with similar efficiency when the Buffalo facility reaches full capacity. SolarCity's panel was measured with 22.04 percent modulelevel efficiency by Renewable Energy Test Center, a thirdparty certification testing provider for photovoltaic and renewable energy products. SolarCity's new panel is created via a proprietary process that significantly reduces the manufacturing cost relative to other highefficiency technologies, and it.
The Future of Solar Energy is TINY Technology!
The future is huge for tiny technology. Miniaturization is, perhaps ironically, a huge deal. I mean, without it we wouldn't have had the personal computer revolution and we wouldn't have this world we live in now, where we have smartphones and tablets and other devices just as powerful as a computer, that can fit in the palm of your hand. But even these gadgets are gargantuan compared to nanotechnology! See, a nanometer is just one billionth of a meter. And that's kind of hard to imagine, so let me put it to you this way.
Your typical sheet of paper is about one hundred thousand nanometers thick. And at this scale, individual elements are so small you can't even see them with a light microscope. Now as we learn more about how materials behave on the nanoscale, we have more potential applications to use that knowledge practically. I'm talking about how nanotech could help solar panel technology. And fortunately, at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, they had a panel on just this very subject. Now if you know anything about solar panels you know they have some drawbacks. For example,.
Efficiency they max out at around twenty percent in the field under ideal conditions. They're also rigid, so you can't just put them anywhere you like. And they tend to be expensive because manufacturing them is complicated. But scientists hope that nanotechnology can help address all three of these challenges. Now with efficiency they're looking to nature specifically, moth eyes. You see, moths have these little tiny structures in their eyes that help reflect light back into the eye and it does two things it lets them see better in the dark, and it cuts down.
On reflection so predators can't spot them as easily. With solar panels it could actually make them more efficient by reflecting more of the sun's light into the panel so you lose less in reflection. And when we're talking about flexibility, well nanomaterials are really, really small, and there is the potential to create solar panels that are just a few sheets of molecules thick. They could be as flexible as a sheet of paper, and with that kind of flexibility you could put those pretty much anywhere you wanted to.
And as for price, well, that's the big one. And in the short term I don't think it's going to turn around. But scientists are cautiously optimistic that nanotechnology will let us use new processes, like printing solar panels directly onto a substrate using just a specialized printer. That would actually be less complicated and expensive than traditional manufacturing methods. Now at that meeting of the AAAS, a Dr. Wolfgang Porod gave a talk about Nanoantenna Thermocouples for Energy Harvesting. Which I admit sounds like technobabble straight out of a Star Trek episode.
But it's actually fairly simple once you break it down. A nanoantenna is just an antenna on the nanoscale. These resonate with longwave infrared radiation. And a thermocouple Well that's a component of circuitry that generates a voltage when one part of the thermocouple is a different temperature than other part. So you pair these two together and the antenna generates heat and the thermocouple generates voltage. It could actually help increase the efficiency of solar panels. Now like I said, nanotechnology is a young science and it has lots of different applications.
Across many disciplines. And I'm really excited how such a small technology could have such a huge impact. That leads me to this week's question. When I say the word nanotechnology what do you imagine What does that word mean to you Let us know in the comments below. Then, do me a nanosized favor and share this tutorial with your friends. If you enjoyed it make sure you hit the 'like' button and subscribe to our channel. Then check out these tutorials over here. There's some huge surprises in them.
Developing the Most Efficient Solar Panels DuPont Solamet and Sharp Corporation
00011000,00015000 gtgt Tetsuro Muramatsu For Japanese people it is very important to coexist with nature. 00021500,00032500 gtgt Nobuyuki Morioka Solar energy has been my life's work. I have installed panels for 40 years now. The power source at Tsubosaka Temple is one of many I have installed. 00040500,00040500 gtgt Minoru Amoh Together with Sharp, we are aiming to achieve the best energy conversion in the world. 0004800,00057500 gtgt Minoru Amoh We believe we can achieve this with New Crystalline Solar Cells. The thought behind New Single Crystalline Solar Cells is that higher conversion efficiency can be achieved by grouping the.
Electrodes together underneath to ensure nothing blocks out the sunlight. 00102500,00112000 gtgt Minoru Amoh DuPont created highly reliable, precision surfaceink printing. Without this kind of relationship with Sharp,this technology could not be realized. 0011500,00121000 gtgt Nobuyuki Morioka I am about to retire. I hope that the good work with this type of cleaner energy will continue. 00127000,00130500 gtgt Motohiro Suzuki I think we will see an increase of solar panels in the future. 00132000,00137000 gtgt Motohiro Suzuki My first installation of New Single Crystalline Solar Cells was at this 24hour convenience store.
Los Alamos Discovers Super Efficient Solar Using Perovskite Crystals
Aditya Mohite Our group focuses on converting solar energy into electricity. And we're working on a class of solar cells which are referred to as third generation solar cells. The goal of our project was, how do we take these materials and control their crystalline properties, crystalline size, and get them to a point which are comparable to what is used in daytoday semiconductor industry like gallium arsenide or silicon. We're not there yet, silicon is the holy grail, but one of the biggest advantages of this material, at least from what we've begun to discover, is that you can make very high.
Quality crystals off this material which are large area, they are single crystalline, and they have properties which are at par with silicon or gallium arsenide. There's a lot of work that needs to be done in the engineering aspect of things, in terms of the stability you're trying to get, the right electrical contacts for them to perform at par with silicon, but I would say that this is something which will be achieved in the coming years. Wanyi Nie So, we developed a new technique, it's called the hot casting process, where we keep.
Our substrate hot and solution hot and do the spincoating at elevated temperature and at the same time the film color will be converted from light yellow to dark brown which means we're forming a highquality crystalline grain, and if we look at it under the microscope we are able to achieve up to millimeter scale large crystal grains. Normally for the crystals to grow usually require high temperature or sophisticated processing, but this method is kind of low temperature and easy solution processing. Mohite There has always beena lot of defects and disorder and multiple interfaces.
That has plagued efficiencies, and so by growing these crystals of highquality you have sort of circumvented that problem and solved an important bottleneck which has existed in this field of nanomaterial, solutionbased solar cells, third generation solar cells. Solar energy is trying to tap into the unlimited amount of solar energy that falls on Earth and that's basically free, and if you can harvest that at a very, very low cost, much cheaper that what is used, by burning coal for example, and fossil fuels, then that gives us a route to really be completely energy.
Energy 101 Concentrating Solar Power
Bjbj Take the natural heat from the sun, reflect it against a mirror, focus all of that heat on one area, send it through a power system, and you've got a renewable way of making electricity. It's called concentrating solar power, or CSP. Now, there are many types of CSP technologies. Towers, dishes, linear mirrors, and troughs. Have a look at this parabolic trough system. Parabolic troughs are large mirrors shaped like a giant U. These troughs are connected together in long lines and will track the sun throughout the day. When the sun's heat.
Is reflected off the mirror, the curved shape sends most of that reflected heat onto a receiver. The receiver tube is filled a fluid. It could be oil, molten salt something that holds the heat well. Basically, this super hot liquid heats water in this thing called a heat exchanger and the water turns to steam. The steam is sent off to a turbine, and from there, it's business as usual inside a power plant. A steam turbine spins a generator and the generator makes electricity. Once the fluid transfers it heat, it's recycled and used over and over.
And the steam is also cooled, condensed and recycled again and again. One big advantage of these trough systems is that the heated fluid can be stored and used later to keep making electricity when the sun isn't shining. Sunny skies and hot temperatures make the southwest U.S. an ideal place for these kinds of power plants. Many concentrated solar power plants could be built within the next several years. And a single plant can generate 250 megawatts or more, which is enough to power about 90,000 homes. That's a lot of electricity.
Saving Energy with Solar Power Designing Windmill Blades for Energy Efficiency
The other thing is, when you want to build one, it's very difficult to get the right shape of the blades because these blades have to be very carefully designed that they get most out of it. You would not believe it, but when you see it here, these blades are spinning 3 times faster than the wind. Why Because of the design of the blades, they can spin faster than the wind is blowing. The windmill by itself will start producing electricity with about 6 to 7 miles per hour and then it goes up and gets its peak, its.
Saving Energy with Solar Power How Size of Solar Panels Affects Energy Output
The size, this size here, will give you about 20 to 30 gallons of hot water a day. So for a small family of two people it can be enough. For a bigger family, you just add another one to it so you have two of these panels or three of these panels and then you have just doubled or tripled the amount of hot water you can use. What you should do is look that the glass stays clean, so sometimes you have to wipe a little bit over it and you.
Have to say this glass is not normal window glass, because if someone would fall in it would be very dangerous for this is tempered glass. What they do here in central Texas and in southern Texas, we have no problem with freezing. So, what we have in here is the real water. If you would live in an area where it's freezing, then you have in here water and and glycol. The same thing you have in your car in your water system there. You have to put something in the water that is not freezing. But then you cannot run this.
Water directly in your water heater, because you don't want to drink that. So, then you have a heat exchanger in your water heater and the hot water runs into the heat exchanger and the heat goes into your water heater and then you just have the same effect without being, having the problem that it's freezing and this thing will die on your because the frost will kill it. So that depends on where you are, but it will look the same and you will not see what's in there. But this is the easiest way. No electric, no electronic,.
Affordable Solar Power in New York with Vivint Solar
My name is William DiBenedetto I live here in Long Island, New York and I am a vivid solar customer a after the recent storms and bad weather this past fall and spring we had a new roof installed on our our house and it seem like good time to consider reduce our energy costs at the same time we were trying to upgrade our our house from up the damage we had suffered in the recent storms its would've coincided with each other and just so happened that we came upon the Vivint solar.
Concept at that time so work out to our advantage the whole process was extraordinarily convenient really easy no headaches we met with the the salesman are initially within a certain short period of time we had contact with corporate offices the to care every step with the process all I had to do was literally pay attention listen to what they had to say be available so that they could be here on the dates and times that they required us to be available to them it was a simple process with absolutely no.
Hardship on my part whatsoever wanted that one of the ideas I would have loved to have done this sooner but the idea of having to layout money initially for the installation and hope to recoup that money at a later date based on my savings didn't exactly work well in my mind they didn't it didn't you know became sort of course ineffective and in in this situation everything is provided theres nothing for me to do other than reap the benefits having had the experience of using solar to heat my hot water in the past the idea of using.
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