The technological advancements are set to make solar panel technology lighter, more flexible, and applicable everywhere.
FREMONT, CA: When people hear solar power, they instantly think of solar panels on rooftops or in a solar farm. This is because traditional utility-scale and rooftop solar panels have dominated the solar market until recently. But there are several exciting solar panel technologies already on the market. These promising technologies will revolutionize the way people think about not just solar but overall energy production. Solar no longer needs large parcels of land or roof space, nor does it look boring. Read on to know more.
• Floating Solar Farms
Silicon panels are becoming more efficient and cheaper. If photovoltaic panels are based on reservoirs and other water bodies, they provide even greater efficiency and many benefits. Floating solar farms can create huge amounts of electricity without using valuable land. The installation costs of floating photovoltaic panels are lower than land-based panels. The power generation of floating solar panels is much greater by up to 10 percent because of water's cooling effect. Besides producing clean solar energy, floating solar farms can aid with water management. They reduce the loss of water to evaporation as they lessen air circulation and block sunlight from the water's surface.
• BIPV Solar Technology
Building-integrated photovoltaics seamlessly blend into building architecture in the form of roofs, canopies, curtain walls, facades, and skylight systems. BIPV can be aesthetically appealing rather than a compromise to a building's design. By substituting BIPV for standard building materials, users can cut down on the cost of solar panel mounting systems. BIPV technology, when used on the building, provides increased energy efficiency, high thermal and sound insulation, clean and free power output from the sun, decreased O&M costs, and zero carbon footprint.
• Solar Skins
Solar skins are the latest PV technology to integrate custom designs into solar panel systems. Solar skin technology can also be beneficial for businesses or government offices. They can be customized to display business logos, business advertisements, and so on. Moreover, solar skins use rail-less racking systems, sit lower, have a sleek finish, and hide metal components, offering the panels a super cool look.