Top 3 Solar Energy Breakthroughs to Watch Out For
Solar power remains untapped genius we need for sustainable clean energy. After the discovery, the cost and effectiveness, even cosmetic-continue to advance this technology as a generator fully commercially viable and sustainable energy.
Getting Skyscrapers in downtown
It will not be long before our cities become independent power, requiring little or no power unsustainable. Gone will be miles of pylons transmission unsightly piles of coal and wind turbines. Such a scenario could be possible in the not too distant future when the solar windows reach their full potential. Professor Henry Snaith, co-founder and scientific director of Oxford says Photovoltaic solar coating technology developed in Oxford PV could transform buildings and skyscrapers of glass covered with a city in power plants. Our future cities glow with the colors of the rainbow, as the buildings on the supply of glass multi-shaded from the sun. According to Oxford PV, some color treatments result in more efficient electrical conversion: black treatment on top of the list, green and red are in the middle, and blue is less effective.
Coming soon: completely transparent solar panels
Ubiquitous Energy, an MIT startup plans to fully transparent market using innovative technology that changes the way cells absorb sunlight solar panels. The new panels use the invisible part of the solar spectrum, while allowing ordinary visible light to pass through. The breakthrough called transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC): use organic salts which absorb wave lengths of invisible ultraviolet and infrared light. These wavelengths of infrared light reflected luminescence not visible in the panel edge, and converted to electricity by the ordinary solar cells.
3D Printed solar tree
Researchers from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have joined solar technologies today 3D printing and print trees harvested energy. The leaves of these trees are specially designed and able to generate enough solar energy to power most mobile devices today and LED bulbs. Trees capture the kinetic energy, even against the wind and thermal energy from the ambient temperature changes. The new solar trees are the product of biomimetics, the new science of copying nature. And biomimicry exploit these new trees come as a Nanoleaf. Unlike conventional solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, lens half the wave length of infrared energy rich Nanoleaf. Equally impressive is the piezoelectric Nanoleaf petiole. When the wind whispers a Nanoleaf return, the mechanical stress resulting in the petiole, branch and branch converts this motion into electricity.
The sun bathes the Earth continuously to 800 terawatts of power. Wind energy is unfortunately untapped. Is not it time that we use more of that free energy?